2010 - A new decade
began with the country in a deep recession and the business of golf was in just
as deep. There were more golf courses than there were golfers. Definitely, there
were too many golf professionals. Some golf courses were closing which was the
best for the business in general but difficult for the employees. One golf
writer stated that for the first time more golfers were on waiting lists to get
out of clubs in the United States that there were waiting to get into clubs.
In January the PGA made some changes to the
apprentice program. One of those was that all
applicants to the apprentice program would have to complete three online courses
and pass a knowledge course before being allowed to register in the program.
Jeff Kiddie, who was now the professional
at the Aronimink Golf Club hosted a Section education seminar. The seminar
featured the Stack and Tilt golf swing method and its founders Andy
Plummer and Mike Bennett. More than 100 Section members and apprentices were in
attendance. Some were there to learn how to teach this new method to their
golfers and some were there to try and incorporate it into their own games. As
usual the seminars on golf instruction always drew the largest turnout.
In the third week of March Lancaster County’s Jim
Furyk won the Transitions Championship at the Innisbrook Resort in
Palm Harbor, Florida. The tournament was played on the resort’s 7,340-yard
Copperhead Course. In spite of the length it was a course that required ball
control which suited Furyk’s game. With
rounds of 67, 68 and 67 he teed off in the final round with a three stroke lead
over K.J. Choi. Choi proceeded to make birdies on four of the first six holes,
which put him in a tie with Furyk. In the
last round Furyk made six birdies but he
also made four bogies. One of the bogies came on the 72nd hole.
Playing the par-four last hole with a two stroke lead
Furyk drove into the trees on the right side, shanked a long-iron
second shot, put his next shot on the green and two putted for a one stroke
victory. His 69 gave him a winning total of thirteen-under-par 271. It was
Furyk’s fourteenth win on the PGA Tour. Choi
finished second at 272. Bubba Watson was third at 273 and Nick Watney finished
fourth at 275. There was a lengthy rain delay during the last round and play
didn’t finish until 7:30. First prize was $972,000.
2010 “Golf Professional of the Year”
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Radnor Valley Country Club on
the fifth Monday of March. The Section had 708 members and 154 apprentices which
were employed at 590 golf facilities. Valley Country Club professional
Clark Luis gave his usual powerful rendition of
our national anthem. There were the usual reports from the various officers and
committee chairmen. The Section’s executive director
Geoff Surrette reported that the Section’s reserve fund was now
valued at $511,800. The budgeted income for the year was $1,500,000 and the
budgeted expenses were $1,475,000. Concord Country Club professional
Mike Moses, the director of tournaments,
announced that the "one ball rule" which had been in effect since the
introduction of the solid golf ball, was being removed from the Section’s rule
sheet. The tournament committee had decided that the golf balls were all so
similar now that the rule was no longer necessary. Another rule was that all
communication devices were not allowed during tournament rounds. That included
use by the caddies. If a device was turned on it was considered to be in use.
The Section’s instruction committee chairman Lou Guzzi,
announced that the Section now had a website titled "The Lesson Tee". It
could be found on the Section’s website under the "Guide to Golf" button.
Guzzi managed a golf academy at the Talamore
Golf Club. The Section’s 2009 "Teacher of the Year"
Elizabeth Granahan was honored. She was the golf instructor and
operator of three GolfTEC facilities in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
Radnor Valley Country Club professional George Forster,
Sr. was honored as the Section’s 2010 "PGA Golf Professional of the
Year". Forster had been the professional at
Radnor Valley for seventeen years. He won the 1999 Philadelphia PGA Championship
and in 2001 he won the Section’s match play championship. In 2008
Forster won the Section’s senior
championship and beginning with 2006 he was the Section’s senior player of the
year for four years. He had served on several Section committees, which included
the tournament committee. Forster
volunteered as a "Buddy" in the Variety Club program. He had hosted numerous
Section events at Radnor Valley and supported the Section’s pro-ams by
participating in more than 150 of them.
The Masters Tournament was played at the Augusta National Golf Club in the
first full week of April as it had been for many years. As usual it was another
exciting tournament. The weather was good and the scoring in spite of what was
now a long golf course was torrid. There were 34 eagles made and 87 sub-par
rounds. Phil Mickelson who was no stranger to success at August began the
tournament with a 67 and a 71 which left him two shots off the pace. On Saturday
Mickelson put together an eagle-eagle-birdie stretch on holes 13, 14 and 15 for
a 67 but he still trailed the tournament leader Lee Westwood by one stroke. On
Sunday Mickelson shot a bogey-free 67 which featured an eagle on the 13th
hole after having driven into the pine trees on the right side. When it was all
over Mickelson was in with a sixteen-under-par 272 and three stokes in front of
the field. It was his third Masters victory. Lee Westwood finished second at 275
and Anthony Kim was third with a 276. Tiger Woods and K.J. Choi tied for fourth
with 277 totals. Sean O’Hair tied for 30th
at 291 and won $45,563. Jim Furyk missed the
cut. First prize was $1,350,000. O’Hair and
Furyk were in the tournament as winners on
certain designated tournaments on the PGA Tour during the previous 12 months and
for being in the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour in 2009.
Jim Furyk missed the cut at the Masters Tournament but the next
week he won the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina. The tournament
was once again hosted by the Harbor Town Golf Links in the third week of April.
Furyk opened with a 67 and a 68 to lead by
one stroke at the halfway point. Another 67 in the third round kept him one
stroke in front of the field. On Sunday Furyk
put together a steady 69 but when Brian Davis (68-69-66-68) made a birdie on
the 72nd hole they were deadlocked and a playoff was needed to
determine a winner. The two players returned to the par four 18th tee
for a sudden-death playoff. Furyk was on in
two but Davis’ second shot bounced off the left edge of the green into the
wetlands. In playing his third shot Davis’ club head moved an unattached reed
during his backswing. He asked the rules official for a ruling. After checking
the television replays it was determined that his backswing had moved a loose
impediment in the hazard. The penalty was two strokes. Davis played one more
stroke and picked up. Furyk two putted for a
par and the victory. Their 13-under-par 271s were three strokes better than
anyone else. Bo Van Pelt and Luke Donald tied for second with 274s. First prize
2 Wins on the PGA Tour
Lewisburg’s Jason Bohn captured his
second PGA Tour title in the fourth week of April at the Zurich Classic. The
tournament was played on the 7,399 yard TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana.
Bohn put five injury filled years behind him
with the victory. He had two broken ribs in 2007 and in 2008 he had three back
surgeries which confined him to bed for a month. The PGA Tour’s medical
exemptions had made it possible for him to return to the tour.
Bohn led from wire to wire with rounds of
65, 67, 71 and 67. Due to weather delays in the earlier rounds he had to play 30
holes on Sunday but he was not to be denied. On the par five 72nd
hole he put a 148-yard pitching wedge next to the hole for a tap-in birdie.
Bohn’s 18-under-par total of 270 won by two
strokes. Jeff Overton finished second at 272. Troy Merritt was third with a 274
and Lee Janzen was fourth at 275. First prize was $1,152,000. The win qualified
Bohn for the 2011 Masters Tournament.
Local qualifying in southern New Jersey for the U.S. Open was held at
Galloway National Golf Club on the second Tuesday of May. Amateur Peter Barron
III led with a two-over-par 73. Travis Deibert,
who was an assistant at the Commonwealth National Golf Club, took the next
spot with a 74. There were five spots to qualify for at Galloway National.
Amateurs David Sanders (75), Geoffrey Cooper (75) and Thomas Gramigna (76)
picked up the other three spots.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia was held at The
Springhaven Club on the third Monday of May. There were five qualifying spots to
play for at Springhaven and four players finished tied for medalist honors.
Jeffersonville Golf Club assistant Billy Mullen
and Jonathon Rusk, who was playing the
mini-tours out of Washington’s Crossing, along with amateurs Amory Davis and Ben
Kohles all shot 69s. The last spot went to Whitford Country Club professional
Mike Ladden at even par 70.
On the third Tuesday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held in
northern Pennsylvania at the Williamsport Country Club. There were two spots to
qualify for at Williamsport. Williamsport mini-tour player Rick Piger
III led with an even-par 71 and the other spot went to Florida mini-tour
player Marc Mazza with a 72.
On the third Thursday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at
the Chambersburg Country Club. The USGA had allocated three spots to play for at
Chambersburg. Blaine Peffley, a mini-tour player from Lebanon, led the
qualifying with a five-under-par 68. Canadian professional Ken Tarling and
amateur Zachary Herr won the other two places with 71s.
The Senior PGA Championship was held in the end of May at Parker, Colorado.
The venue was the three-year old Colorado Golf Club. As a sign of the times in
the golf business a clubhouse had not been constructed due to financial
problems. Throughout the telecast of the tournament the lack of a clubhouse was
not mentioned or pictured. The course measured 7,464 yards but it played ten
percent shorter due to the altitude. After many near misses Tom Lehman won his
first American major with rounds of 68, 71, 71 and 71. He was the only
participant that broke par in every round, but he still had to play extra holes
to wrap up the victory. Lehman, Fred Couples (69-68-75-69) and David Frost
(72-77-65-67) all finished at nine-under-par 281. A sudden death playoff was
held and the three players returned to the 18th tee. Couples’ drive
came to rest in a bush with an unplayable lie. He took a penalty and made a
double-bogey six. Frost drove into a fairway bunker, pulled his second shot well
left of the green and made a double-bogey also. Lehman’s tee shot was in the
fairway on the 445-yard hole. From 132 yards Lehman hit the green with a
pitching wedge shot and two putted for the win. Mark O’Meara finished fourth at
283. Glenmaura National Golf Club professional Cleve
Coldwater and Radnor Valley Country Club
professional George Forster missed the cut
and each received $1,000. They had qualified by finishing in the top 35 at the
2009 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
Forster had gotten in as an alternate. First prize from the
$2,000,000 purse was $360,000.
The Haverford Trust Classic was held at the Sunnybrook Golf again. This year
it was played on the first day of June which was the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
Chris Wisler teed off at 7a.m. and at 11a.m.
he posted a three-under-par 69. Some of the players weren’t scheduled to tee off
for another three hours. In the afternoon electrical storms delayed play twice
for a total of 85 minutes. The last players teed off at 4:05pm and completed
their rounds near dark at 8:25. When it was all over
Wisler, who was the teaching professional at the Tee It Up Golf
driving range, still held the lead. The defending champion
Travis Deibert had the best chance to win but
he made pars on the last eleven holes to finish second with a 70. Overbrook Golf
Club assistant Scott Hunter, Honey Brook
Golf Club professional Ryan Gray and the
Country Club at Woodloch Springs professional John
Pillar tied for third with 71s. First prize was now $42,500 and the
total purse was $60,300.
Bill Sautter won the 25th annual Burlington Classic on
the first Monday of June at the Burlington Country Club.
Sautter, a teaching professional at the
Philadelphia Cricket Club, led from wire to wire. On Sunday two professionals
were paired with three amateurs in a pro-am format. The professional scores
counted toward their individual prizes. On Sunday
Sautter shot a five-under-par 65 to lead by two strokes. The next day
he shot a 71 to finish at 136, which won by one stroke. Merion Golf Club
teaching professional Mark Sheftic finished
second at 137. Cape May National Golf Club professional
John Appleget (138) and Burlington member Jack
Wallace (138) tied for third. Concord Country Club professional
Mike Moses (139) and M Golf Range
teaching professional Stu Ingraham (139)
tied for fifth. First prize was $2,500 and the purse totaled $16,765.
On the first Monday of June Blaine Peffley qualified for the U.S.
Open. Peffley qualified at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New
Jersey and he led the field with (68-70) a six-under-par 138 total. There were
four qualifying spots at Canoe Brook. Dan McCarty (140), Jim Herman (141) and
Jon Curran (142) picked up the second, third and fourth spots.
Jim Furyk and Sean
O’Hair were exempt from both stages of qualifying off their positions
on the world ranking.
The Variety Tournament of Champions was held on the third Tuesday of June at
the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. The top thirty leaders from the 2009
Philadelphia Section points list plus ten invited professionals each were paired
with three amateurs in a pro-am to raise money for the Variety Club charities.
Travis Deibert put together a 69 on Tuesday
and a 68 on Wednesday for a seven-under-par 137 to win my one stroke. Bala Golf
Club teaching pro Bill Walker finished
second with a 138. Hidden Valley Golf Club teaching professional
Terry Hatch, Spring Ford Country Club
professional Rich Steinmetz, Kings Creek
Country Club teaching professional Chris Krueger
and Scott Hunter tied for third with 140
totals. The purse was $10,000 and Deibert
The U.S. Open was back at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach,
California. The course was set up at 7,040 yards and par had been reduced to 71.
The par-five second hole was played as a par-four. The course was dry and fast.
The big names got off to poor starts. At the end of three rounds Dustin Johnson
led by three shots at six-under-par. On Sunday Johnson fell apart early and
never recovered as he posted a bidieless 82 and tied for eighth. Meanwhile
Graeme McDowell (71-68-71-74), who was paired with Johnson, held it together
well enough to stay in front of the rest of the field. McDowell finished at
even-par 284 which was one better than French professional Gregory Harvet (285).
Ernie Els finished third at 286. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tied for fourth
at 287. Sean O’Hair finished in a tie for 12th
at 290 and won $143,714. Jim Furyk tied for
16th at 292 winning $108,458. Blaine Peffley missed the cut.
First prize was $1,350,000.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was held at the Radnor Valley Country
Club on the fourth Thursday of June. Three spots were available at Radnor
Valley. Mike Donald, a veteran of the PGA Tour, led with a three-under-par 67.
Bill Sautter won the second spot with a 69
and amateur Chris Lange picked up the third spot with a 71.
The PGA Professional National Championship was held in French Lick, Indiana
at the French Lick Resort on the last four days of June. The tournament was
televised by the Golf Chanel and ended on a Wednesday so as to not compete for
viewers with the PGA Tour events. The Pete Dye Course and the Donald Ross Course
were used for the first two rounds and the Pete Dye Course was used for the last
two rounds after the cut. There were ten professionals from the Philadelphia
Section in the starting field. Mike Small won the tournament for a third time.
After a slow start on the final day Small (68-72-65-73) finished the round with
three straight birdies and a total of 278 which won by three strokes. Sonny
Skinner ended up in second place alone at 281. Mark
Sheftic finished third at 283 and Danny Balin was fourth at 284.
First prize was $75,000 and Sheftic won
$34,000. Stu Ingraham finished ninth at 287
and won $14,250. Rich Steinmetz tied for 15th
at 289 and won $6,176. By finishing in the top 20
Sheftic, Ingraham and Steinmetz
qualified for the PGA Championship. Steinmetz
made it right on the number and no playoff was needed.
John Pillar also made the cut as he finished
tied for 34th at 294 won $3,415. Cleve
Clearwater, Bucknell Golf Club professional
Brian Kelly, Sunnybrook Golf Club
professional John Allen, Huntsville Golf
Club professional Mike Molino, John Appleget
and Dave McNabb, who was now the
professional at the Applebrook Golf Club, missed the cut.
Sheftic was exempt off his second place finish
in 2009 and the others had qualified at the Philadelphia Section Championship.
Deerwood Country Club professional Greg Farrow
had qualified but didn’t enter the tournament and
Mike Moses was entered but didn’t play in the tournament.
Kelly got in as an alternate in place of
On the first of July the PGA Tour returned to Philadelphia as the AT&T
National. The tournament was hosted by the Aronimink Golf Club which measured
7,237 yards and was short by 21st century standards. When the 1962
PGA Championship was held at Aronimink the golf course measured 7,045 yards and
it was considered to be a long setup. After opening with rounds of 69 and 64 it
was England’s Justin Rose the rest of the way. A third round 67 left him four
shots in front of the field. He began the final round with a bogey but a couple
of birdies and a one-putt eagle on the ninth hole gave him a five-shot lead with
nine holes to play. He took three putts on both the 10th and 11th
holes and ten finished with seven straight pars for a round of 70. When it was
all over Rose’s ten-under-par- 270 total won by one stroke. Ryan Moore made a
late challenge with a 65, which was the low round of the day, to finish second
at 271. Jeff Overton finished third at 272 and Charlie Wi was fourth at 273.
Sean O’Hair tied for 11th at 278 and
won $131,440. Jim Furyk tied for 33rd
at 282 and won $31,388. First prize was $1,116,000 out of a purse of $6,200,000.
The host professional was Jeff Kiddie.
The British Open was held at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s Old Course in
St. Andrews, Scotland during the third week of July. Louis Oosthuizen added his
name to the list of South African winners of the Open. After rounds of 65 and 67
he led by five strokes. He shot a 69 in the third round and led by four with a
round to go. On Sunday Paul Casey got within three strokes but fell back.
Oosthuizen finished with a 71, a sixteen-under-par 272 and a seven-stroke margin
of victory. Lee Westwood was second at 279. Casey, Rory McIlroy and Henrik
Stenson tied for third with 280 totals. McIlroy had led with a first round 63
but then he got caught in the wind on Friday and finished with an 80. He came
back with 137 on the weekend. First prize was $1,305,593 in U.S. dollars.
Sean O’Hair tied
for seventh at 282 and won $186,239. Jason Bohn
and Jim Furyk missed the cut.
O’Hair and Furyk
were in the field off their position in the world rankings.
Bohn earned a late invitation by being one of
three players in the top 20 on the 2010 Fed-Ex points list who were not already
The Philadelphia Open was played at the Philmont Country Club’s North Course
on the third Wednesday of July. Michael R. Brown, a reinstated amateur
from Lookaway Golf Club, and Greg Farrow
completed the thirty-six holes tied at 142. The weather was hot and humid.
Brown’s rounds were 70-72 and Farrow’s
were 68-74. A four-hole playoff was held on holes 1, 2, 17 and 18. The two
players finished the playoff still tied as they played the four holes in one
over par. It was getting dark and the players were given the choice of going
into a sudden-death right then or returning the next morning for the
sudden-death playoff. They decided to continue and returned to the first hole.
Both players were on the par-four green in two. Brown putted from 22-feet
to within inches of the hole and tapped it in for a par.
Farrow’s putt from 15-feet went three-feet past
the cup. When Farrow missed his second putt
Brown, who had worked as an assistant pro at North Hills Country Club for
the recently deceased Ron Rolfe, became the thirteenth amateur to win the
Philadelphia Open. As the low professional, Farrow
took home the top check of $6,000. Bill Sautter
finished third at 143. John Appleget and
amateur Matthew Mattare, the son of Saucon Valley Country Club professional
Gene Matttare, tied for fourth with 144 scores.
In the fourth week of July Travis Deibert
won the Woodcrest Invitational for the second straight year. The two-day event
was held at the Woodcrest Country Club. On Monday the professionals were paired
with four amateurs in a pro-am format which raised money for Jewish charities.
Deibert shot a 67 on Monday to lead by one
stroke and a steady 70 on Tuesday iced the win. His five-under-par 137 total won
by one-stroke. Greg Farrow and Little Mill
Country Club professional George Frake both
finished at 138 and tied for second. John Allen
shot 139 and was fourth alone. First prize was $3,500.
The U.S. Senior Open was played at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish,
Washington at the end of July. The tournament ended on the first day of August.
Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples teed off in the final round tied for the lead.
Couples took the lead with a birdie on the first hole but on the second hole he
made a triple-bogey eight against a birdie for Langer. Langer never looked back.
He tacked a 67 on to earlier rounds of 69, 68 and 68 to finish at
eight-under-par 272. Couples was second at 275. Olin Browne and John Cook tied
for third with 278 totals. First prize was $470,000.
Bill Sautter, who had qualified in Philadelphia in June made the cut
and tied for 65th. He won $5,854.
Don Allan won his last tournament before
turning 50 as he captured the GALV Lehigh Valley Open in the first week of
August. The tournament was hosted by the Northampton Country Club.
Allan, who was the teaching professional at the
Woodcrest Country Club, posted rounds of 67 on Monday and 69 on Tuesday. His
eight-under-par 136 total won by two shots. Rich
Steinmetz finished second at 138. Lehigh Country Club professional
Wayne Phillips and
George Forster finished with 139 scores and tied for third. First
prize was $2,350 from a total purse of $14,020.
The Pennsylvania Open was held at the Applebrook Golf Club in the second week
of August. The largest checks were won by mini-tour players. The course measured
6,815 yards and par was 71. Robert Rohanna, a mini-tour player from Western
Pennsylvania led from wire to wire. Rohanna opened with a 67 on Monday. On
Tuesday the scores were very low and Rohanna was the best with a 63. What was
amazing was that he made a triple-bogey on the 18th hole after
beginning his round on the 10th hole and still put together a round
of eight-under-par. Even thought Rohanna stood at twelve-under-par with a round
to play he only led by two strokes. On Wednesday he shot a steady 71 and his 201
final tally won by three strokes. Blaine Peffley finished second at 204.
Amateur Zak Drescher ended up in third place with 205 strokes. Devon’s Billy
Stewart who was playing the mini-tours, David Konieczny and amateur
Andrew Mason tied for fourth with 207 totals. The low pros from the Philadelphia
Section were John Pillar and Overbrook Golf
Club professional Eric Kennedy who tied for
ninth at 209. The purse was again $50,000 and first prize was $10,000.
Hanover Country Club assistant Richie Krebs
won the Section Assistant Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s
Wissahickon Course on the third Monday of August. In the morning round
Krebs shot a two-under-par 69, which was the
only round in the 60s. In the afternoon he posted a 70 and his 139 total won by
two strokes. First prize was $1,250. Travis
Deibert and Billy
Mullen tied for second at 141. Chris Wisler
and Applebrook Golf Club assistant Corey Katzen
tied for fourth at 142. The tournament was the qualifying event for the PGA
of America’s assistant championship and the Section had been allotted four
spots, which was based on the number of entries. Krebs,
Deibert and Mullen took the first
three spots. Wisler won a sudden-death
playoff with Katzen on the second hole for
the fourth qualifying spot . The purse was $8,760.
The PGA Championship was played in the middle of August at the Whistling
Straights in Kohler, Wisconsin. The tournament was played on the 7,507-yard
Straights Course. It will always be remembered for its many bunkers, which were
estimated at 1,200+, and what happened to Dustin Johnson on the 72nd
hole of the tournament. Before the tournament began the PGA had posted a sheet
stating that all sand was to be bunkers and thus to be played as hazards.
Johnson teed off on the last hole with a one-stroke lead. His tee shot came to
rest in one of those many bunkers. The small spot of sand that he had driven
into was flat and so far to the right of play that the spectators had been
standing in it. To compound the situation Johnson and his caddy had not bothered
to read the posted statements concerning sand and bunkers. Not thinking that it
was a bunker, Johnson grounded his four-iron in the sand and played toward the
green. He missed the green, pitched up to within seven-feet of the hole and
missed the putt. Thinking that he was now tied for first he was informed by the
tournament’s leading rules official that there was a rules question that needed
to be reviewed. After looking at the TV replays a two-stroke penalty was
assessed. Martin Kaymer (72-68-67-70) and Bubba Watson (68-71-70-68) were now
tied for the title with eleven-under-par 277 totals. A three-hole playoff was
held, which Kaymer won with a 4-2-5—11 (par-birdie-bogey) against 3-3-6—12
(birdie-par-double bogey) for Watson. Rory McIlroy and Zack Johnson tied for
third at 278. Dustin Johnson ended up in a three-way tie for fifth.
Jim Furyk tied for 24th at 285 and
won $58,600. Sean O’Hair, Stu Ingraham, Rich
Steinmetz and Mark
Sheftic missed the cut. Furyk and
O’Hair were in the field as winners on the
PGA Tour and other exemptions. Ingraham, Steinmetz
and Sheftic had qualified at the PGA
Professional National Championship in June. First prize was $1,350,000 and the
total purse was $7,500,000. O’Hair,
Ingraham, Steinmetz and
Sheftic each received $2,500.
George Forster won the Section Senior
Championship in the third week of August. The tournament’s first round was held
at the DuPont Country Club’s DuPont Course and the second round was played at
the Wilmington Country Club’s South Course. Forster
led all the way. On Wednesday he posted a three-under-par 68 and he tacked
on a 72 on Thursday. His 140 score was one better than the rest of the field.
First prize was $1,000 and the purse totaled $4,370. This was also the
qualifying event for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. The
Section had seven spots to qualify for. The first spot went to
Forster and the next two places went to
Philadelphia Country Club professional Jay Horton
and Cleve Coldwater
who tied for second with 141s. Back Creek Golf Club professional
Nevin Sutcliffe, Don Allan and retired
professional Ken Peyre-Ferry grabbed the
fourth, fifth and sixth places with 142s. Brian Kelly
finished seventh alone at 143 and won the last spot. Centre Hills Country
Club professional Jeb Boyle (144) and
Stu Ingraham (144) were alternates. The both
got into the tournament along with Bill Sautter
who had finished at 145.
The Whitford Classic was held at the Whitford Country Club in late August. On
Sunday the professionals were each teamed with three amateurs in a pro-am
format. The professionals’ scores counted toward a two-day individual
tournament. The tournament ended in a two-way tie. Don
DeAngelis (136), who was now the teaching professional at the Lu Lu
Country Club, posted rounds of 69-67 and Scott
Hunter (136) also posted rounds of 69-67. A
sudden-death playoff was held, which began on the first hole. The two
professionals halved the first four holes with birdies on the first hole and
pars on the next three holes. On the fifth hole
DeAngelis won out with a par against a bogey for
Hunter. Bill Sautter finished third at 138 and
Brian Kelly was fourth at 139. First prize
was $5,000 and the total prize money came to $20,500.
The Shawnee Inn & Country Club hosted the Shawnee Open in the first week of
September. There were a number of low scores on Monday but gusts of wind up to
40 miles per hour on Tuesday led to much higher scoring.
Don Allan (136) picked up his second win in
2010 as he put together rounds of 67 and 69 for a three-stroke win.
John Pillar came in second with a 139 score.
Travis Deibert and
Scott Hunter tied for third at 140. First prize was $1,500 and the
purse totaled $8,175.
Two-Time Section Champion
won the Philadelphia Section Championship
for a second time in the fourth week of September. The tournament was hosted by
the Concord Country Club for the fifth time and the third time in four years.
There were 150 entries. On Tuesday
Steinmetz jumped out to a five-stroke lead with a 63 which was topped
off with an eagle three on the 18th hole. A steady round of 70 on
Wednesday kept him three strokes in front. On Thursday
Stu Ingraham, who was in second
place, made a run at the lead. He and
Steinmetz were paired together. With the par-five 18th
hole left to play Ingraham
trailed by two strokes. Steinmetz
drove into the rough and his ball 11came to rest in a difficult lie. He
played his second shot into the fairway short of the green.
Ingraham’s tee shot was in the
fairway and his six-iron shot ended up over the green.
Steinmetz hit a lob-wedge to
within four-feet of the cup. Ingraham
chipped back close to the hole and tapped in his birdie putt.
Steinmetz two putted to sew up
the victory by one stroke. His final round 72 gave him an eight-under-par 205
total. Ingraham was second
alone at 206. Mark Sheftic
finished a distance third at 211. Greg
Farrow was next in fourth place with 213. First prize was $7,000 from
the total prize money of $62,400. This event was also qualifying for the 2011
PGA Professional National Championship. The Section had been allotted eleven
qualifying spots, which was based on the number of entries in the Section
Championship. Steinmetz, Ingraham
and Sheftic were exempt
off their finishes in the 2010 championship which had been played in June. The
first spot went to Farrow, the second spot
went to Laurel Creek Country Club professional
John DiMarco (214) and the third
spot went to Bent Creek Country Club professional
Terry Hertzog (215).
John Allen (216) and
Dave McNabb (216) took the
fourth and fifth spots. John
John Spina (217) and
Bill Walker (217) won the next
three places. The last three places went to
Cleve Coldwater (218),
Bill Sautter (218) and
Rob Shuey (218) who was now the
teaching professional at the Olde Scotland Yard Golf Center. The only playoff
that was needed was for alternate places. The host professional was
Mike Moses and he was also the first
alternate with a score of 219.
Won FedEx Cup
$10,000,000 Bonus Prize
Jim Furyk capped off an outstanding year by winning the PGA Tour
Championship and the FedEx Cup in the fourth week of September. The tournament
was held at the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
Furyk put together rounds of 67, 65, 70 and 70
for an eight-under-par 272. Furyk came to
the last three holes with a three-stroke lead. He made bogies on the 16th
and 17th holes. On the par-three 18th hole
Furyk’s tee-shot ended up in a greenside
bunker. From there he played to within a couple of feet of the cup and holed the
putt for the largest payday of his career, by far. First prize in the Tour
Championship was $1,350.000 and he picked up a $10,000,000 bonus for winning the
year-long FedEx Cup. Luke Donald finished second at 273 and Retief Goosen was
next at 274. Nick Watney and Paul Casey tied for fourth with 275s.
The Ryder Cup was hosted by the Celtic Manor Resort in
Newport, Wales on the first four days of October. The matches were played on the
Twenty Ten Course. They were scheduled for the first three days of October but
heavy rain arrived soon after the matches began on Friday. It rained so hard
that play was soon stopped. For the first time in the long history of the Ryder
Cup an extra day was needed to complete the matches. Even with that one of the
five sessions was eliminated. A plan was devised to play for six points instead
of the usual four in the second and third sessions. On Monday the twelve singles
matches were played. The United States began the last session three points
behind but rallied to win seven matches. It wasn’t quite enough. The final tally
was Europe 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 for the USA. That was the same number of points that
would have resulted if the usual five sessions had been played.
was on the team again. It was his seventh consecutive Ryder
Cup. He won 1/2 point and lost 2-1/2 points.
The Senior PGA Professional National Championship was played in Indian Wells,
California in the second week of October. The tournament was played at the
Toscana Country Club and the Rancho La Quinta Country Club. Robert Thompson won
the tournament. He had also won the 1986 PGA Assistant Championship. Thompson
(280) put together rounds of 71, 69, 69 and 71 for a two-stroke victory. James
Blair and Mark Faulkner tied for second with 282 totals. Ken Martin and Mike
Lawrence tied for fourth at 283. Stu
Ingraham, who was in the field as an alternate, tied for sixth at 284
and won $6,300. George Forster
tied for 21st at 288 and won $2,703.57.
Brian Kelly tied for 28th
at 289 and won $2,200. For finishing in the top eight
Ingraham was exempt for this
tournament in 2011. By finishing in the top 35
Ingraham, Forster and
Kelly qualified for the 2011
Senior PGA Championship. Bill Sautter
(299), who was also there as an alternate, made the cut and tied for
65th winning $1,045. Jeb
Boyle, Don Allan, Nevin Sutcliffe and
Jay Horton missed the cut.
Cleve Coldwater was exempt from
his finish in the 2010 tournament and
Ken Peyre-Ferry had qualified but they didn’t go to the tournament.
Sautter replaced them.
Boyle got in when the Section
was given another spot in the tournament.
On the second Thursday of October the Philadelphia Section professionals and
the Golf Association of Philadelphia amateurs met in their
annual challenge match. The Ledge Rock Golf Club hosted the match on a
very challenging day. The temperature was in the low 50s and the matches were
played in a steady rain. There were 12 players on each team and two had to be
seniors. Two professionals opposed two amateurs in each pairing. In each pairing
there were two singles matches and a better-ball match. The PGA team of
Travis Deibert-Mark Sheftic won
all three of its points. The team of
Brian Kelly-George Forster won 2-1/2 points. The team of
John Allen-Don DeAngelis won
1-1/2 points. The teams of John Appleget-Don
Allan and Chris Krueger-Tony
Perla won one point. Bill
Sautter and Matt Moroz,
an assistant at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club, were also on the
team. Perla was the
professional at the Bellewood Golf Club. The final tally was nine points for the
PGA and nine points for the GAP. It was the fourth time that the matches had
ended in a tie. The twenty-year record for the matches now stood at 15 wins for
the PGA against one loss and four ties.
won the Section Match Play Championship in
the third week of October at the Little Mill Country Club. The Little Mill and
Devil’s Glen nines were used for the tournament. There were forty entries and
the seeding was done from the Section’s points list through the Section
Championship. In order to fill out the 64-man ladder there were 24 byes. This
was the final tournament of the year which determined the points leader for the
year. As it turned out none of the three leaders in points who were also the top
three seeds made it past the quarterfinal round. The semifinals came down to
Mike Moses, Jake Gerney, John Appleget
and Bill Sautter. Moses
defeated Appleget by 2&1 and
Sautter by the same count of
2&1. In the finals Moses
edged out Gerney, the teaching professional
at the DuPont Country Club, by 1-down. All of the matches were scheduled
for 18-holes. First prize was $750 and the purse totaled $4,200.
PGA of America District Director
2002-2004 & 2011-13
The Section’s fall meeting was held at the DuPont Country Club on the fourth
Monday of October. Medford Village Country Club professional/manager
Leo DeGisi spoke on national affairs. When
the national PGA meeting was held later in November
DeGisi was going to begin serving a three-year term as our national
director representing District II It was announced that nominations for the
various Section awards could be made through the internet for the first time.
The Section’s junior program had 87 events that year and 613 different juniors
had participated in at least one event. The Section had contributed $50,000 to
its reserve fund and the fund was now worth $584,200. The Section’s "Player of
the Year" was Travis Deibert. Stu
Ingraham won the DeBaufre Trophy for the second straight year with a
scoring average of 70.82 stokes per round.
Ingraham was also the Skee
Riegel "Senior Player of the Year".
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
First Great Trick Shot Artist
World Class Tournament Player
Joseph Henry "Joe" Kirkwood, Sr. was inducted into the
Philadelphia Section PGA Hall of Fame at the
Section’s fall meeting on the fourth Monday of October. Kirkwood was born
in Australia in 1897 and learned to hit trick golf shots at a sheep station
while watching over the animals. During World War I he entertained the wounded
veterans with his assortment of golf shots. At the age of 23 he won the
Australian Open, the New Zealand Open and the New Zealand PGA. The next year he
traveled to the United States where he met Walter Hagen at the North and South
Open. During the tournament he showed off his trick shots for the spectators and
the players. When Hagen saw how much Kirkwood collected from a passing of
the hat he knew that he had found a partner for his exhibitions. It became a
friendship that lasted the rest of their lives. In 1923 Kirkwood moved to
the United States and settled down in Glenside. He joined the Cedarbrook Country
Club. For the next 15 years he represented several clubs on the East Coast but
he always kept a home in the Philadelphia area and belonged to the Philadelphia
Section PGA. Kirkwood was the first of the great trick shot artists and
maybe the best ever. Kirkwood was a very good golfer, winning 13 times on
the PGA Tour, which included the Canadian Open and the North and South Open. He
won three straight tournaments in Texas in 1924, but he could make more money
giving exhibitions. By 1925 he was charging $500 for a performance. He traveled
the world with Hagen. In the 1930s the country was in the "Great Depression" and
the golfers didn’t have money to pay to see trick golf shots. In 1938
Kirkwood became the professional at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club and
stayed there through 1949. After World War II the golfers returned to the
courses and Kirkwood left Huntingdon Valley to take his trick shot show
on the road again. Kirkwood estimated that he played more than 7,000 golf
courses during his career and he probably introduced golf to more people than
anyone in the history of the game.
The national PGA meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts during the first
week of November. It was hosted by the New England PGA Section at the Westin
Copley Place hotel. It was an election year. Allen Wronowski was elected
president without opposition. Ted Bishop was elected vice president, also
without opposition. Six PGA members ran for the office of secretary. Derek
Sprague was elected on the fifth ballot. Two resolutions were presented and
voted down by the delegates. Leo DeGisi
and six other PGA members were sworn in as District Directors for the next
three years. For a second time DeGisi
would be representing District II, which was composed of the Philadelphia
Section, Metropolitan Section and New Jersey Section. The Philadelphia Section
delegates were Philadelphia Cricket Club teaching professional
Mark Anderson and Medford Lakes
professional Dan Haskell.
Past presidents Dick Smith, Sr.
and Jack Connelly were
also in attendance along with the Section’s alternate delegates and its
executive director Geoff Surrette.
was honored at the national PGA meeting in the first week of November as the
winner of the President’s Plaque. The award was for
Barbin’s contributions to player
development and growing the game of golf.
Barbin, who had been the
professional and part owner of the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club for seventeen years,
had been doing just that for many years before the PGA created "Play Golf
America" in 2004. He had been a two-time winner of the President’s Plaque in the
Philadelphia Section. Along with managing golf at Chesapeake Bay
Barbin had been involved with
promoting golf in other places and with charities. He and Majestic Ridge golf
professional John Rogers had
created the Victory Golf Pass and the Victory Golf Show several years before.
The golf pass promotes golf at 212 facilities in Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Delaware and New Jersey. For the past three years
Barbin had managed the three-day
golf show which had attracted a total of 30,000 golfers. Through the golf show,
the victory pass and Barbin’s
charity the Victory Hope Foundation more than $150,000 had been contributed to
The Philadelphia Section assistants made a good showing in the PGA Assistant
Championship in the second week of November. The tournament was played at the
PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The tournament was
won by Frank Bensel (70-69-69-69) as he put together an eleven-under-par 277.
Travis Deibert made a move in the final round
with a 68 but he came up two strokes short and finished second at 279.
Deibert won $6,500. Dan Flynn and Adam Rainaud
tied for third with 280s. Billy Mullen
finished tied for 33rd at 292 and won $740.
Chris Wisler tied for 40th at 293 and won $675.
Richie Krebs missed the cut. First prize was
Matt Kucher was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour and he won the
Vardon Trophy with a stroke average of 69.61. Jim Furyk
was the "PGA Player of the Year". Kucher had earnings of $4,910,477 in 26
tournaments, but Furyk was a close second
with $4,809,622. Furyk entered 21
tournaments and won three times along with leading in FedEx Cup points, which
was worth $10,000,000. Jason Bohn played in
25 tournaments as he finished in 40th place winning $1,904,763.
Sean O’Hair was 41st on the money list as he won
$1,859.040 in 25 tournaments.
Bernhard Langer was the leading money winner on the PGA Champions Tour. He
won $2,738,939 in 24 tournaments. Jay Sigel
played in nine tournaments and won $45,138. Pete Oakley
won $8,750 in two events. Bill
Sautter won $5,854 in one tournament.
Joe Daley played in one tournament and won
Jamie Lovemark led the PGA Nationwide Tour in money winnings as he won
$452,951 in 22 tournaments. Rick Price
played in 18 events and won $15,564. Vince Covello got into two
tournaments and won $6,240.
In late December Kennett Square Golf & Country Club professional
Tom Carpus was appointed vice-chairman of the
PGA of America rules committee. He had been on the
committee for more than 15 years but this meant that he was now in position to
someday become the Co-Chairman of the committee.
2011 - In early February the Philadelphia Section announced that it was
going to begin an internet media blitz. The Section already had its website
which contained information on everything that it was involved in from
tournaments and junior golf to golf instruction. The Section was now launching
accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Section officers had realized
that their member professionals were checking their Facebook accounts more often
than their emails. The Section’s Junior Tour would also be on these accounts.
Section updates would be sent directly to its members’ smart phones.
The Philadelphia Section was having its 90th birthday on December
2nd so the officers decided that it should be celebrated all twelve
months of 2011. Pete
Trenham, the Section’s historian, and Howard Cohen an independent
director were asked to head up a committee for the celebration. At the request
of the Section office Trenham put together
90 weekly historical happenings that had occurred during the 90 years. Each week
one of the highlighted pieces of Section history was shown on the Section’s
website. After that Trenham and a company
named Telra put together a video which told the 90 year history of the Section.
Telra had been in the business of creating football highlight films for major
colleges. Along with that Trenham and a
graphic arts company made up eight panels of photos which depicted the Section’s
history. The panels showed off the Section’s presidents, national presidents,
national award winners, playing legends, charitable projects, PGA Championships
hosted and the winners of major championships. In the second week of February at
the three-day East Coast Golf Show the Section made the first presentation of
the video and the panels. The Section professionals also gave free lessons and
the Section staff promoted the 2011 Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour. For the
remainder of 2011 the video and panels were on display at Section meetings, pro-ams
and other occasions. Also Trenham
put together 52 highlights from the Section’s 90 years. The
highlights were taken from the Section’s history which
Trenham had compiled. The history, beginning in 1895 when the first
U.S. Open was played, was on the Section’s website. Each of the 52 highlights
began with something like "52 years ago this week such and such happened".
Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame Collage 1992 - 2010
The spring meeting of the Philadelphia Section was held at the Hershey
Country Club on the fourth Monday of March. The meeting was there because the
Hershey Country Club was going to be hosting the PGA Professional National
Championship in late July. Due to the size of the field both the West and East
courses at Hershey were going to be used for the first two rounds and 700
volunteers were needed to make the tournament a success. The 90th
anniversary video was played to open the meeting and the eight panels depicting
the Section’s history were on display. It was now the electronic age and for the
first time all of the officer and committee reports were emailed to the Section
members before the meeting. In the past you received the reports and agenda when
you checked in at the meeting but now you had to print them out yourself and
take them to the meeting if you wanted to have them with you. Allen Wronowski,
the president of the PGA of America, was a guest speaker. As of January 31 the
Section’s reserve fund contained $632,402. The officers had decided to now put
$25,000 into the reserve fund each year instead of the $50,000 that it had been.
The other $25,000 was going to be spent on growing the business of golf. The
Section awards were presented at the meeting. Lou Guzzi,
owner and operator of the Lou Guzzi Golf
Academy which was at Talamore Country Club and Applecross Country
Club, was the 2010 "Teacher of the Year". Andy
Barbin was the Section’s 2010 " PGA Golf
Professional of the Year". Barbin had spent
many hours promoting the game of golf and serving on Section committees. He had
been the professional and part owner of the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club for
seventeen years. He had been a two-time winner of the President’s Plaque in the
Philadelphia Section. Along with managing golf at Chesapeake Bay
Barbin had been involved with promoting golf in
other places and with charities. He and John Rogers
had created the Victory Golf Pass and the Victory Golf Show several years
before. The golf pass promotes golf at 212 facilities in Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Delaware and New Jersey. For the past three years
Barbin had managed the three-day golf show which had attracted a
total of 30,000 golfers. Through the golf show, the victory pass and
Barbin’s charity the Victory Hope Foundation
more than $150,000 had been contributed to charities.
PGA of America “President’s Plaque”
2011 “Golf Professional of the Year”
The Masters Tournament was in its usual place and
time. Played on the Augusta National Golf Club’s course it was once again held
in the first full week of April. It will always be remembered as the tournament
that Rory McIlroy had sewed up and didn’t win. With one round to play he led by
four strokes but a final round of 80 (37-43) left him in tenth place and ten
strokes behind the winner. Eight players held at least a share of the lead
during the final round. One of those was Charl Swartzel (69-71-68-66) who
birdied the last four holes to finish two strokes in front of the field at 274.
Along with the green jacket he won $1,440,000. Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for
second at 276. Tiger Woods (278), Geoff Ogilvy (278) and Luke Donald 278 tied
for fourth. Jim
Furyk tied for 24th at 286 and won
O’Hair and Jason
Bohn missed cut.
Bohn were in the field as
winners of tournaments in the past twelve months.
O’Hair was there off his
position in the world ranking.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in south Jersey was held at the Hidden
Creek Golf Club on the second Tuesday of May. There were four spots to qualify
for at Hidden Creek. Christopher Gold, a Haddonfield, New Jersey
mini-tour player, birdied the last hole to lead the field with an even par 70.
Christopher Gray, who was now working in the New Jersey Section was
second with a 71. Jonathon Gibbs and amateur Michael Kania won the third and
fourth spots with 72s.
Applebrook Golf Club hosted local qualifying for the
U.S. Open on the second Thursday of May. There were 95 players qualifying
for seven spots at Applebrook. Italian professional Marcello Santi and amateur
Gary Carpenter, Jr. led with four under par 67s. Eric Beringer won the third
spot with a 68. Michael Tobiason,
a teaching professional at the Applecross Country Club,
Jonathon Rusk and North Carolina
professional Chad Wilfong took the next three spots with 70s. Billy Stewart
won the seventh and last spot in a three-man sudden-death playoff.
On the third Monday of May the Country Club of Harrisburg hosted the
local qualifying for the U.S. Open in central
Pennsylvania. The USGA had allotted three spots in Harrisburg. Two Maryland
professionals, Jeffrey Williams (66) and Charles Woodward (71), won the first
two places. Amateur Matthew Maurer took the third spot with a 72. Par was 71.
Huntsville Golf Club hosted the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in
northeastern Pennsylvania. There were just two spots to qualify for at
Huntsville. Williamsport’s Matthew Schall who was playing the mini-tours
led with a three-under-par 69. Jonestown’s Tyler Brewington, who was also
playing the mini-tours won the other spot with a73.
The Senior PGA Championship was played at the PGA’s Valhalla Golf Club in
Louisville, Kentucky during the last week of May. Tom Watson won another major
championship with rounds of 70, 70, 68 and 70. To win he had to win a
sudden-death playoff over David Eger (74-68-69-67). After finishing tied at
ten-under-par 278 they returned to the 18th tee for sudden death.
Watson made a birdie on the par-five-hole and the playoff was over. First prize
was $360,000. Kiyoshi Murota (279) finished third and Hale Irwin (280) was
fourth. Stu Ingraham tied for 60th
at 299 and won $3,917. Joe Daley tied for 68th
at 303 and he won $3,700. Brian Kelly and
George Forster missed the cut and they each
received $1,000. Ingraham, Kelly and
Forster had qualified at the 2010 Senior PGA
Professional National Championship. Daley
was there on a special invitation from the PGA of America.
On the fourth Monday of May the Philadelphia Section held a pro-am at the
Aronimink Golf Club to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The Section
members invited amateurs to play with them and 41 four-man teams entered.
Thirteen of the teams played in the morning. In the evening there was a dinner.
Section historian Pete Trenham gave a short
talk on the formation and early years of the Philadelphia Section. The Section’s
90th anniversary video was played after
Trenham spoke. The keynote speaker at the dinner was the Golf
Channel’s analyst Rich Learner, who grew up in Allentown and had graduated from
Temple University’s School of Journalism.
On the fifth Tuesday of May Twining Valley Golf Club teaching professional
Hugh P. Reilly won the Haverford Trust Classic
and its very large first prize. Reilly put
together seven birdies and eleven pars for a 65 and a two-stroke victory.
Travis Deibert, who had won this event in 2009,
had a chance to catch Reilly when he put his
second shot on the last hole 18-feet from the hole. He missed the putt and
missed again to finish with a 67. That didn’t cost him any money as he was still
four strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Squires Golf Club assistant
Shawn Matthews, Linfield National Golf Club
assistant Kevin Melrath and
Jake Gerney who was now the teaching
professional at Trump National Philadelphia tied for third with 71s.
First prize was now $45,000. Deibert won
$5,000. The total purse was $60,400.
On the first Monday of June Tavistock Country Club professional
Rick Hughart won the two-day Burlington Classic
at the Burlington Country Club. On Sunday two professionals were paired with
three amateurs in a pro-am format and the professionals’ scores counted for the
two-day professional purse. The golf course was set up easier the first day in
order to get the large field around the course. Hughart
posted a 67 the first day to trail the leader by two strokes. On Monday he
was four-under-par when he teed off on his last hole. He didn’t play the hole
well but he holed a downhill 30-foot putt for a par for a 69 and a 36-hole total
of 136. Hughart edged out
Rich Steinmetz (137) by one stroke. First prize
was $2,500. John Appleget, who was now the
teaching professional at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club, finished third at
138. Travis Deibert and
David Quinn, who was the owner and professional
at the Links Golf Club, tied for fourth with 139 totals. The purse totaled
John Appleget won the Variety Tournament
of Champions at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in the middle of June. The
first day the professionals were each paired with three amateurs in a pro-am to
raise money for Variety Club charities. Appleget
made four birdies on his last nine-holes to post rounds of 69 and 68 for a
seven-under-par 137. That was two strokes better than
Terry Hatch who finished second at 139. Bill
Sautter finished third with a 140. Dave
McNabb, John Pillar and David Quinn
tied for fourth with 141s. First prize from the $15,950 purse was $3,000.
On the first Monday of June Michael Tobiason
qualified for the U.S. Open at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville,
Maryland. There were ten spots at Woodmont and the scores were low. Kirk
Triplett led with a 133. Tobiason (69-66)
tied for third at 135. It took a score of 136 to qualify there. The only playoff
needed was for alternates. Jim Furyk was
exempt from both local and sectional qualifying off his position in the world
In April twenty-two-year-old Rory McIlroy had failed to hold what looked like
a comfortable lead at the Masters Tournament but the U. S. Open was another
story. The tournament was held at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda,
Maryland in the third week of June. The course measured 7,574-yards but par took
a beating. McIlroy set the tone on opening day with a six-under-par 65, which
put him out in front of the field by three strokes. The next day he shot a 66 to
increase his lead to six strokes. A 68 on Saturday gave him a nine shot lead and
a steady 69 on Sunday left the rest of the players in his wake. McIlroy’s 268
score as the lowest in U.S. Open history and at 16-under-par it was also a
record for the most strokes under par. Jason Day (276) finished second as he
shot a last round 68 to pick up one stroke on McIlroy. Robert Garrigus, Kevin
Chappell, Lee Westwood and Y.E. Yang tied for third with 278s.
Jim Furyk and Michael
Tobiason missed the cut.
Furyk had been fully exempt from qualifying and
Tobiason had made it through both local and
sectional qualifying. First prize was $1,440,000. Twenty players finished the 72
holes under par.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was held at various sites in the country
but was none in the territory that comprised the Philadelphia Section PGA.
The Philadelphia Section and the Hershey Country Club hosted the PGA
Professional National Championship in late June. The East and West Courses were
both used for the first two rounds and the final two rounds were on the East
Course. All four rounds of the tournament were televised by the Golf Channel and
the tournament was played on Sunday through Wednesday so as to not interfere
with the telecast of the PGA Tour’s AT&T National tournament that began on
Thursday at Aronimink Golf Club. The Philadelphia Section had 15 of its members
in the starting field. The Section members didn’t fare as well as hoped. Only
four made the cut and no one qualified for the PGA Championship, which was one
of the reasons for this event. The tournament was won by David Hutsell in a
three-man sudden-death playoff. Hutsell (69-70-67-68), Faber Jamerson
(68-67-69-70) and Scott Erdmann (65-68-69-72) had finished tied at
eleven-under-par 274. The playoff began on the par-three 16th hole.
Erdmann went out on the first hole with a bogey and Hutsell made a birdie-three
on the next hole to wrap up the victory. First prize was $75,000. Danny Balin
shot a 63 in the last round to finish fourth at 276.
Mike Moses, who had gotten into the tournament as an alternate when a
former champion withdrew, led the Philadelphia Section contingent. He finished
tied for 43rd with a 288 total and won $2,695.
Stu Ingraham tied for 48th at 289
and won $2,440. Bill Sautter posted a 293
and tied for 68th winning $1,787.50. Cleve
Coldwater tied for 76th at 296 and won $1,587.50.
Mark Sheftic, Bill Walker, Dave
McNabb, Rich Steinmetz, John DiMarco, Rob Shuey, John
Allen, John Appleget, Terry Hertzog, Greg Farrow
and John Spina missed the cut.
Ingraham, Sheftic and
Steinmetz had been exempt off their finish in the tournament the year
before. The others had qualified in the 2010 Philadelphia Section Championship.
The host professional was Ned Graff.
The next day, which was the first Thursday of July, the AT&T National kicked
off at the Aronimink Golf Club for a second straight year. The scores were
pretty low and they were especially low on Saturday. Nick Watney was the winner
with rounds of 70, 69, 62 and 66 for a thirteen under par 267. K.J. Choi was
tied for the lead after 14 holes but a double-bogey on the 15th hole
put him two strokes behind. Choi and Watney both birdied the par-five 16th
hole and they both made pars on the last two holes. Choi finished second at 269.
Charles Howell III, Jeff Overton and Adam Scott tied for third with 271s. First
prize was $1,116,000. Sean O’Hair and
Jim Furyk missed
the cut. The host professional was Jeff Kiddie.
The prize money totaled $6,500,000. Thirty-three players finished under par
for the 72-holes.
In the second week of July the New Jersey Open was played at the Hollywood
Golf Club in Deal. Kevin Foley (68-68-69) won with an eight-under-par 205. Sam
King (210) was second and Brian Gaffney (211) was third.
David Quinn tied
for fourth with Frank Esposito and Brent Studer at 212. First prize was $15,000.
The British Open was played in the middle of July at Royal St. George’s Golf
Club in Sandwich, England. Darren Clarke, who had played in many major golf
championships, won his first one at the age of 42. Phil Mickelson, who had never
come close to winning a British Open, put together a front nine 30 on Sunday
morning. With just nine holes to play he was tied for the lead with Clarke.
Clarke (68-68-69-70) held steady and Mickelson missed some short putts on the
back nine. Dustin Johnson had a chance as he trailed by two shots playing the 14th
hole, but a 2-iron second shot to the par-five green sailed out-of-bounds and he
was finished. When it was over, Clarke’s 275 total won by three strokes as
Mickelson and Johnson tied for second with 278s. Thomas Bjorn finished fourth at
279. Jim Furyk tied for 48th at
292 winning $23,552. Sean O’Hair made a
double-bogey on the last hole to miss the cut by one stroke. First prize was
$1,451,830 in U.S. dollars.
The Philadelphia Open was held at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club on third
Wednesday of July. The winner was a member of Huntingdon Valley.
Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Mason became the eighth amateur to win the tournament
and he did it in style. He began his morning round on the first tee and made
birdies on three of the first four holes. He finished the round with a 65. There
was only one other round in the sixties all day and that was a 68 by former
champion Graham Dendler, who was now the
professional at the Trenton Country Club. The 65 was a competitive course
record for Huntingdon Valley. In the afternoon Mason shot a steady 70 and his
seven-under-par 135 was seven strokes better than Stu
Ingraham (142) who finished second. Ingraham
took home a check for $7,000 as the low professional.
Mark Sheftic and amateur Matt Mattare tied for
tied for third at 143. There were 72 players in the starting field which had
been determined by pre-tournament qualifying rounds and exemptions.
One week after missing the cut at the British Open
Sean O’Hair won the Canadian Open. The tournament was played in the
third week of July at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver,
British Columbia. At the end of regulation play O’Hair
(69-73-66-68) and Kris Blanks (67-71-69-69) were deadlocked for the title at
four-under-par 276. On the first playoff hole O’Hair
made a bogey, but Blanks made a double-bogey and
O’Hair was the Canadian Open champion. Andres Romero finished third
at 277. Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Hadwin tied for fourth with 278s. First prize was
The two-day GALV Lehigh Valley Open was played in the first week of August at
the Northampton Country Club. At the end of the 36-holes
Stu Ingraham (69-69) and
David Quinn (68-70) were tied for the top prize
with six-under-par 138 totals. The two players were sent back to the 18th
tee for a sudden-death playoff. Both players were on the green in the regulation
two strokes but Quinn had left himself a
downhill putt. Quinn three-putted and
Ingraham two-putted for the win. First prize
was $2,125. Scott Hunter and Waynesborough
Country Club assistant Elliott Wilson tied
for third with 139 totals. The total purse came to $14,950.
The U.S. Senior Open was played on the last four days of July at
the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Olin Browne was the winner and for someone
who had won just three times on the PGA Tour and had not won on the PGA Senior
Tour it was a great time to win. His closest competitor was Mark O’Meara but
with rounds of 64, 69, 65 and 71 his fifteen-under-par 269 won by three strokes.
First prize was $500,000. Rain softened the course and the scores were very low.
For Sunday’s final round the USGA lengthened the course to 7,164 yards which led
to higher scores. O’Meara was second alone at 272. Mark Calcavecchia finished
third at 273. Hale Irwin and Joey Sindelar tied for fourth with 274s.
Mark Sheftic won his first major
tournament when he was victorious in the Pennsylvania Open in the second week of
August. Sheftic had experienced a great deal
of success locally and in national PGA events but he didn’t have a major title.
The three-day tournament was played at the Moselem Springs Golf Club.
Sheftic put together rounds of 69, 65 and 71
for a five-under-par 205. It ended up being a tight finish. A 3-wood tee shot on
the last hole ended up lost in the trees on the left. He had played a
provisional ball from the tee and he played that ball to the par-four green. Two
putts from forty-feet sewed up a one-stroke win. Pittsburgh’s Kevin Shields was
second at 206. Stu
Ingraham, Terry Hatch and Reading amateur Nathan Sutherland tied for
third with 209s. First prize was $10,000.
The PGA Championship was held at the Atlantic Athletic Club’s Highland Course
in Jones Creek, Georgia during the second week of August. In the final round
Keegan Bradley overcame a triple-bogey on the 15th hole to win the
tournament. At that point he trailed Jason Dufner by five strokes. Bradley
(71-64-69-68) then made birdies on the next two holes and a par on the 18th
hole. When Dufner (70-65-68-69) made bogies on the last three holes they were
tied at the top of the leaderboard with 272 totals. A three-hole playoff was
held to determine the winner. In the playoff Dufner went par-bogey-birdie
against a birdie and two pars for Bradley. Bradley was the first to win a major
championship with a belly-putter and only the third player to win the first
major that he had ever played in. Bradley’s father was a PGA member. Anders
Hansen finished third at 273. David Toms, Scott Verplank and Robert Karlsson
tied for fourth with 275s. Jim Furyk tied
for 39th at 284 and won $30,250. Sean O’Hair
tied for 64th at 291 and won $15,400.
Furyk and O’Hair were in the
field off their position on the 2010 PGA Tour money list. First prize was
$1,445,000 and par was 70.
The Section Senior Championship was played at the Ace Club in the third week
of August. Stu Ingraham had been on a hot
streak for five weeks and he didn’t stop there. A 71 in the first round on
Wednesday kept him in contention and a brilliant 65 on Thursday left the field
in his wake. No one else broke 70 on Thursday. His eight-under-par 136 was three
strokes better than Greg Farrow (139) who
finished second. First prize from the $6,725 money pool was $1,350. Retired
professional Ken Peyre-Ferry (140) finished
third and Northampton Country Club professional Gary
Hardin (142) was fourth. The event was also qualifying for the Senior
PGA Professional National Championship. Based on the entries in this tournament
the Section had been allotted eight spots in the national championship.
Ingraham was exempt off finishing in the top
eight at the tournament the year before so the first three spots went to
Farrow, Peyre-Ferry and
Hardin. Retired professionals Harvey
Williams and Jimmy
Booros won the fourth and fifth spots with 144s.
Bill Sautter and Radley Run Country Club
professional John Kellogg took the sixth and
seventh places with 145s. John DiMarco (146)
won a sudden-death playoff over Brian Kelly
(146), George Forster (146) and
Wayne Phillips (146) for the eighth spot.
Peyre-Ferry didn’t go to the tournament.
Kelly took his place and
Forster was later added to the field.
The Penn Oaks Golf Club and its managing partner
Harry Hammond hosted a new Section event, Pro-Am for Wishes, in the
fourth week of August. The tournament was scheduled for a Sunday and Monday. On
Sunday the professionals were paired with amateurs in a pro-am to raise money
for charity. At mid day on Sunday heavy rain suspended play and no more golf was
played that day. Some of the players had not even begun their rounds. On Monday
only the professionals returned to the course to complete the first round and
play the second round. When it was all over Scott
Hunter (69-65) was the winner with an eight-under-par 134.
Brian Kelly finished second at 137.
Stu Ingraham (138) was third and
(139) was fourth. First prize was $4,500 and the prize money totaled $21,300.
It turned out to be the wettest year in Philadelphia’s history. There was
thirteen inches of rain in August alone. As a result of that several tournaments
weren’t played. The Whitford Classic and the Shawnee Open were canceled because
the courses were not playable.
Section Champion for a 3rd Time
In the third week of September the White Manor Country and the St. Davids
Golf Club hosted the Section Championship. Due to the size of the entry and the
time of year a second course was needed for the first two rounds. It was about
one month before the tournament was played that St. Davids answered a call to be
a second host club. The contestants played one round on each course and then the
field was cut to the low 60 and ties. St. Davids measured 6,559 yards and par
was 70. White Manor measured 7,009 yards and par was 71. At the end of 36
holes Chris Krueger had a three-stroke lead
with a 136 total. Stu Ingraham was in
second place and three others which included the defending champion
Rich Steinmetz were one stroke further back.
In the final round on Thursday Krueger
fell back. The tournament came down to Steinmetz
and Ingraham (72-67-71—210). When
Steinmetz (69-71-69—209) birdied the last
two holes he was the Section champion for a third time. The total prize money
came to $65,000 and Steinmetz won $7,000.
Bill Sautter finished third at 211.
Krueger (213) and Jake
Gerney (213) tied for fourth. The tournament was also the qualifier
for the PGA Professional National Championship. The Section had been allotted
eleven places to qualify for. The first five places were won by
Steinmetz, Ingraham, Sautter, Krueger and
Gerney. John Pillar picked up the sixth spot
with a 214 total and John Appleget took the
seventh spot with a 215. Dave Quinn (217)
and Big Swing Golf Center teaching professional Sean
Driscoll (217) won the eighth and ninth places. There was a three-way
tie at 218 for the last two spots between Brian Kelly,
George Forster and Rob Shuey. To
break the ties a sudden-death playoff was held, which began on the first hole.
The playoff only lasted one hole as Kelly
and Forster eliminated
Shuey, who made a bogey. The host professionals
were White Manor’s Mark Levine and St. Davids’
The Section Assistant Championship was played at the Trump National Golf Club
on the fourth Monday of September. Neil Maurer,
an assistant at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, was the winner with
rounds of 71 and 68. His three-under-par 139 edged out the host club’s
Jake Gerney (140) by one stroke. Lancaster
Country Club assistant Rusty Harbold and
Aronimink Golf Club assistant Brian Keiser
tied for third at 142. This event was also qualifying for the PGA National
Assistant Championship. There were four spots to qualify for so
Maurer, Gerney, Harbold
and Keiser were going to be representing
the Section. First prize was $1,400 from a purse of $8,760.
Travis Deibert was exempt off his second place
finish in the national tournament the year before.
In early October the Senior PGA Professional National Championship was held
in Virginia at the River Creek Club in Leesburg and the Creigton Farms club in
Aldie. Kirk Hanefeld had a huge lead after 36 holes with rounds of 66 and 67.
His last two rounds, which included a birdie on the last hole, were 74-75 and it
was just enough. His six-under-par score of 282 won by one stroke. Ken Martin
finished second at 283. Darrell Kestner and Craig Stevens tied for fourth with
288s. Bill Sautter tied for 24th
at 296 and won $2,515. George Forster tied
for 29 at 297 and he won $2,200. By finishing in the top 35
Sautter and Forster
qualified for the Senior PGA Championship. Stu
Ingraham wound up in a tie for 36th at 299 and
won a seven-man playoff for the first alternate spot by making a birdie on the
first hole of sudden-death. He won $1,875. Pete Oakley,
who was in the field as a former winner, tied for 40th at 300 and
won $1,650. Brian Kelly and
Jimmy Booros tied for 56th with 303
totals and they each won $1,130.71. Greg Farrow
tied for 63rd at 304 and won $1,065.
Gary Hardin tied for 82nd at 311 and won $885.
John DiMarco, Harvey Williams and
John Kellogg missed the cut.
Ingraham had been exempt off his finish in 2010
and other than Oakley the others had
qualified at the Section Senior Championship. First prize was $20,000 from a
purse of $285,000.
On the second Thursday of October the Philadelphia Section professionals
played a challenge match against the Golf Association’s amateurs. There were
twelve players on each team and two had to be seniors. In each four-man pairing
there were two singles matches and a better-ball match. The teams of
John Appleget-Rich Steinmetz and
Chris Krueger-Jake Gerney along with the senior
team of Bill Sautter-George Forster each won
three points. The Scott Hunter-Mark Sheftic
team won two points. The Stu Ingraham-Hugh P. Reilly
team won ½ point. The other members of the team were
David Quinn and Brian Kelly.
The final score was 11-1/2 points for the Philadelphia Section and 6-1/2 points
for the GAP. The record for the 21 years of these matches stood at 16 victories
for the PGA against one win for the GAP and four had ended in ties.
PGA Cup Team 2011
Pennsylvania Open Winner 2011
In the third week of October Mark Sheftic
was in San Martin, California as a member of the winning PGA Cup Team. The
matches were played at the CordeValle golf course. The U.S. team won with 17-1/2
points to 8-1/2 for the team from Great Britain & Ireland. The teams played two
four-ball matches and two foursomes matches along with singles on the final day.
Sheftic played in all five rounds of matches
and won three points. He was victorious in one of each of the formats and lost
in two of the partner matches.
The Section Match Play Championship was played at the Little Mill Country
Club in the third week of October. The Little Mill and Devil’s Glen nines were
used for the event. There were 46 entries so there were 18 byes in order to fill
out the 64-man ladder. The tournament began on Monday with two rounds of matches
each day. Wednesday was rained out and the final two rounds were played on
Friday. The semifinalists were Travis Deibert, Greg
Farrow, Dave McNabb and
David Quinn. Deibert defeated
Farrow by 3&2 and
Quinn got past McNabb by 2&1. In
the final Quinn beat
Deibert 2&1. The prize money totaled $5,350 and
first prize was $1,000.
Section President 2011
The fall meeting of the Philadelphia Section was held at the Blue Bell
Country Club on the fourth Monday of October. It was an election year.
Mark Anderson stepped down as president and
Dan Haskell was elected without opposition.
Haskell was the 39th president of the
Philadelphia Section PGA. John Pillar moved
from secretary to vice president and Ian Dalzell
moved from Director of Section Affairs to secretary.
Mike Moses was reelected Director of
Tournaments. John Rogers was elected
Director of Section Affairs. The guest speaker was Sean Foley, a Canadian
professional who was coaching PGA Tour players including Tiger Woods and Hunter
Mahan. Foley spoke during the meeting and then stayed after lunch to answer
questions on the golf swing and teaching high profile golfers. Bob Baldassari
from the PGA of America presented the PGA’s new program to grow the next
generation of golfers. The Section’s "Player of the Year" was
Stu Ingraham and he was also the Skee Riegel
"Senior Player of the Year". It was the first time that anyone had won both
awards in the same year. Ingraham also won
the DeBaufre Trophy with an average of 70.2 strokes per round in the designated
tournaments. It was the fifth time that Ingraham
had won the DeBaufre Trophy.
Hershey CC Professional 38-Years
One of the PGA’s Most Respected Professionals
Jay Jack Weitzel was inducted into the Philadelphia PGA Hall of
Fame at the Section’s fall meeting on the fourth Monday of October.
Weitzel was introduced to golf as a caddy at
the Manor Country Club in Reading. While in high school he won the Pennsylvania
High School championship and worked for his brother Johnny who was the
professional at the Colonial Country Club. At that time Jack Grout was a
neighboring professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg. When Grout
became the professional at Sciota Country Club he took
Jay to Ohio with him. While at Sciota he spent 21 months fighting in
the Korean War and watched a young Jack Nicklaus come through their junior golf
program. During that time Johnny Weitzel became the professional at the
Hershey Country and in 1956 he died from injuries sustained in an automobile
accident on the way home from a golf tournament. Jay
was hired to replace his brother. He was the first professional at Hershey
who was more interested in the members than he was in his own golf game. As a
result of having worked at Sciota Jay
understood what a properly managed golf program could do for a club’s
membership. Jay introduced tournaments for
the members, shot-gun starts, junior golf clinics and golf carts. Over the years
he managed more than one golf course. There was the Hershey Park Course that was
open to the public and Juvenile Course that was open just to children and their
guests. When the Hershey Lodge opened in 1966 there was a golf course there as
well. In the meantime Jay could see that the
clubhouse, which had been Milton Hershey’s home, was too small for a busy
country club. He began to sell his ideas of building a new clubhouse in a better
location, the addition of a second 18-hole course and an expanded practice area.
In 1969 the East Course opened and the members moved into a new clubhouse, which
was located between the original (now called West Course) and the new course.
Jay and Hershey Country Club hosted the
Pennsylvania Open 12 times and the LPGA Lady Keystone Open 17 times. As a player
he qualified for two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. For 38 years he was one
of the most respected golf professionals in the country. As the head
professional at Hershey more than a dozen assistants who worked under him went
on to be head professionals. In 1981 Jay
was the Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year".
The PGA Assistant Championship was hosted by the PGA Golf Club in Port St.
Lucie, Florida during the first week of November. The tournament was played on
the par-72 Wanamaker Course. Frank Bensel came from eight strokes back to win
the tournament for a second straight year. A combination of howling winds and a
66 allowed Bensel (283) to edge out six other players by one stroke. His earlier
rounds were 72, 73 and 72. Jamie Broce, Richard Terga, Tyler Hitchcock, Ryan
Sikora, Aaron Clark and Scott Berliner tied for second at 284. First prize was
$9,000 out of the $100,000 purse. Travis Deibert
tied for 21st at 289 and won $1,008.33.
Rusty Harbold (298) tied for 50th and won $600.
Jake Gerney, Michael Paukovits and
Brien Keiser missed the cut.
Deibert was exempt off his second place finish
in the tournament the year before. Harbold, Gerney
and Paukovits qualified at the Section
assistants’ championship and Paukovits, an
assistant at Stonewall, got in as the first alternate when the Section
assistant’s champion didn’t go to the tournament.
The leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Luke Donald. He won
$6,683,214 in the 19 tournaments that he entered and he had two victories. He
was also the "PGA Player of the Year" and he won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke
average of 68.86. Along with all of that he was the leading money winner on the
European PGA Tour. Some of the winnings like the U.S. Open and British Open
counted on both money lists. Jim Furyk
finished 53rd on the money list with winnings of $1,529,690 in 26
tournaments. Sean O’Hair won $1,483,948 in
24 events which was good for 57th place. He didn’t have a good year
but he won the Canadian Open which saved it for him.
Jason Bohn fell to 150th
place on the money list as he won $411,943 in 22 tournaments.
Tom Lehman led the
PGA Senior Tour in earnings with $2,081,526 in
21 tournaments. Joe Daley got into seven
tournaments and won $69,905. Jay Sigel played in
six tournaments winning $11,796. Stu Ingraham
played in one event and won $3,917.
The leading money winner on the PGA Nationwide Tour was J. J. Killeen as he
won $414,273 in 25 tournaments. Ted Tryba
played in one event and won $1,976.
At the beginning of the year there was a change made to the
rules of golf. The new rule
stated that "If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause
his ball to move, Rule 18-2b, does not apply." Therefore if a player’s ball is
moved by wind or gravity he is not penalized even though he may have taken his
stance. That would be the case even if the ball was in a hazard.
The PGA of America’s 95th annual meeting
was held during the fourth week of January at the
Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The meeting was now being held in January
every two years in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise Show. In an attempt to
grow the game, which was badly needed, the PGA and other golf organizations
rolled out Golf 2.0. The main idea of the plan was to make the game more
enjoyable for the average golfer. A change was that as of the new fiscal year
PGA members over 65 had to earn just 12 recertification points and they could
earn the points by attending meetings or education seminars. Section president
and vice president
were the delegates representing the Philadelphia
Section. Past national presidents
Dick Smith, Sr. and
along with our district director
were also in attendance. The Section was also represented
by its executive director Geoff
Horton Smith Award Winner 2012
Later in the
week at the PGA Merchandise Show two Philadelphia Section
members were honored. John Rogers was presented with the Horton Smith
Award for education. For thirteen years Rogers had been the education chairman for
the Philadelphia Section. He had won the award at the Section level six times. Rogers co-authored an educational manual for
the physically impaired golfer. He also has partnered with Penn State
University and the Salute Military Golf Association to develop a Wounded
Warrior’s Program and other education programs. Rogers got his start as a golf professional
in 1984 working for Howard Kramer at the Host Farm Resort & Golf Club. After that he
continued his apprenticeship at the Chambersburg Country Club and the Country
Club of York. He left the Section for a head professional position in Virginia.
In 1993 Rogers returned to the
Section as the professional at the Majestic Ridge Golf Club. He was now the Director of Section
Affairs for the Philadelphia. Section. Jeff Kiddie was named merchandiser of the year for
private clubs. Kiddie was
the son of a former golf professional who became a pro-golf salesman who worked
under the famous Ernie Sabayrac. From that he developed an interest in golf
apparel. In 2008 he became the head professional at the Aronimink Golf Club.
Since taking over at Aronimink he had increased the golf shop sales by 39
percent. Kiddie had won the award
twice at the Section level.
Golf Professional of the Year
Philadelphia PGA 2012
The Section’s spring meeting
was held on the first Monday of April at the Radnor
Valley Country Club. There was a large turnout as 328 members and apprentices
were in attendance. The Section now had 929 members with 235 being head
professionals. A major topic of the meeting was "Golf 2.0" which was project of
all the national golf organizations to promote golf in the United States. As
usual the Section’s junior golf program was of major interest. A total of 733
juniors had played in at least one of the Section’s junior tour events in 2011,
which was an increase of 50. A highlight of the 2012 season was a final event at
Saucon Valley Country Club for the seasonal event winners and the leading
players from each age group. Education programs for the Section members were
enhanced with an announcement that the Section was now going to underwrite some
of the education expenses. In previous years the education program was run at
breakeven with the members in attendance paying enough to cover the costs. The
featured speaker was Mike Malaska, the "PGA-Teacher-of-the-Year". The
Philadelphia Section’s "Teacher-of-the-Year" was
The Section’s 2011 " PGA Golf Professional of
the Year" was Jeff Kiddie
who was also the PGA of America’s Merchandiser
of the Year for private clubs in 2011.
father was a golf professional and a pro golf salesman
in western New York. Jeff
had been an assistant in Rochester, New York
before coming to the Philadelphia Section in 1999. In 2001 he moved into his
first head professional position at the Applebrook Golf Club and soon after that
he became the general manager as well. In 2008 he moved to Aronimink Golf Club
as the head professional. In 2010 and 2011 he hosted the PGA Tour AT&T National
tournament. In his four years at Aronimink he had increased the golf shop sales
by 39 percent. With all of that
Kiddie had found
time to serve on the Section’s board as a district director.
The Masters Tournament
was played at the Augusta National Golf Club in its usual
timeslot, the first full week of April. As it almost always does the tournament
had an exciting finish. The fireworks started at the 2nd hole on
Sunday when Louis Oosthuizen holed out a four-iron shot from 253-yards for a
double-eagle two. That put him in the lead by two strokes and he played even par
golf from there to the finish. He never relinquished the lead but four straight
birdies on holes 13 through 16 allowed Bubba Watson (69-71-70-68) to finish tied
for the title with Oosthuizen (68-72-69-69) at 278. The two players were sent
back to the 18th tee for a sudden-death playoff. Watson had missed a
makeable birdie putt on the 72nd hole and in the playoff he missed
another makeable putt for a birdie and the victory. The hole was halved with par
fours. Next they played the 10th hole. The left-handed Watson pulled
his drive into the pine trees. Oosthuizen hit a fairway club from the tee and
his next shot was short of the green. From 148 yards Watson hit a sweeping hook
with a wedge from the pine straw to within ten feet of the pin. Oosthuizen
failed to get down in two and Watson two putted for a par and the title. Phil
Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and Peter Hanson tied for third with 280
totals. Jim Furyk
finished 11th at 285 and won
$200,000. Sean O’Hair
tied for 32nd at 291 and won $45,280.
First prize was $1,444,000.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open
in southern New Jersey was held at the Trump
National-Philadelphia golf club on the second Thursday of May. There were six
spots to qualify for. Lancaster’s Jarred Texter, who was playing the
mini-tours, won the medal with a wind-swept two under par 69.
posted a 70 to take the second spot.
Christopher Gray who was now working in the New Jersey Section and
picked up the next two places with 71s. Mt.
Laurel’s David Sanders, who was playing the mini-tours, and
amateur Max Marsico posted 72s and won out in a four-man sudden-death playoff
for the last two spots.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open
in Delaware was held at the Back Creek Country Club
on the second Monday of May. There were two spots to qualify for at Back Creek.
Michigan’s Steven Cuzzort
who was starting work at Back Creek the next day led with a four under par 67.
Amateur Greg Matthias, who was the son of
turned in an even par 71 and won a two hole
sudden-death playoff for the other spot.
Toftrees Golf Club hosted the local qualifying for the U.S. Open
in central Pennsylvania on the second Monday of May.
There was just one spot to qualify for there. Amateur Eric Williams shot a two
over par 74 and won a sudden-death playoff .
On the third Wednesday of May Colonial Country Club hosted local qualifying
for the U.S. Open. There were three spots available at Colonial which had been
the Colonial Country Club. Manheim’s Andrew Turner led with a one under
par 70. Blaine Peffley and Colonial Golf & Tennis Club assistant
picked up the other two spots with 71s. Turner and Peffley were
competing on the mini-tours.
In the fourth week of May the Senior PGA Championship
was held at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton
Harbor, Michigan. A 53-year-old British professional who had never won many
tournaments found his game at the right time as he led the tournament from start
to finish. He began with a 68 to lead by one stroke and tacked on a 67 in the
second round. He was then tied for first with John Cook. A third round 64 gave
him a five stroke lead with one round to play. Some very low rounds were shot on
Sunday but not by the leaders. No one was able to give Chapman much of a
challenge and even though he made bogies on three of the last five holes he won
by two strokes. Chapman’s final round 72 gave him a total of 273 and margin of
two strokes over John Cook (273). Chapman’s 54-hole total of 199 tied a
tournament record made by Sam Snead. Hale Irwin finished third at 274.
David Frost, Bernard Langer, Sandy Lyle and
Peter Senior tied for fourth. First prize was $378,000 and
George Forster, Stu Ingraham, Bill Sautter
missed the cut and each received $1,000.
had qualified at the Senior PGA Professional National
had been the first alternate.
was in the field off his position on the 2011 Champions Tour money list and
had a special invitation from the PGA of
On the fifth Tuesday of May the Haverford Trust Classic
was again held at the Sunnybrook Golf Club. The
sponsor, George Connell, had added another $5,000 to the first prize. That made
it $50,000 which was the largest first prize of any PGA Section event in the
country. Scott Reilly,
who was the new head professional at the Philadelphia Country Club and had never
played the Sunnybrook course before, won the tournament by five strokes.
made five birdies along with holing out a wedge shot for an eagle two on the
sixth hole as he posted a six under par 66.
was the only other player that finished under
par as he posted a 71 to pick up a check for $5,000.
Jeff Fraim, Eric Kennedy
and Baywood Greens Golf Club assistant
tied for third with even par 72s. The total
purse came to $67,950. There were 129 professionals and 15 amateurs in the
qualified for the U.S. Open
in Suwanee, Georgia on the first Monday of June.
led the qualifying for three available spots at the
River Club with rounds of 65 and 70. His seven under par 135 was one shot better
than Casey Wittenberg (136). Bohn
had been exempt from local qualifying.
won the Burlington Classic
on the first Monday of June at the Burlington Country Club.
The two-day event began on Sunday with a pro-am. Two pros were paired with three
Burlington members or guests and the pro scores counted in the final standings
for the individual championship. On Sunday
put together a seven under par 63 which led the
field by three strokes. On Monday
slipped to a 72 and
(66-68) was able to edge him out with his 134 total.
(135) finished alone in second place.
tied for third at 136. First prize was $2,500 and the
total purse came to $15,400.
The Variety Club’s Tournament of Champions
was played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in
the second week of June. On the first day of the two day event each professional
was paired with three amateurs in a pro-am format to raise money for the Variety
Club charities. The first day
Terry Hatch was tied
for the lead with a four under par 68. The second day there were blustery winds
and the golf course was set up more difficult. None of the 44 professionals were
able to break 70 and there were just two who turned in 70s.
shot what he thought was an average round of 74 but his
142 total was good enough as he won by one stroke.
put together one of the 70s and finished tied
for second at 143 with Rich
Steinmetz. Stu Ingraham 144) and
Jake Gerney (144)
tied for fourth. First prize was $3,100 from a total purse of $15,950.
qualified for the U.S. Senior Open
on the second Thursday of June at the Edina Country
Club in Edina, Minnesota. There were five spots to qualify for at Edina as the
PGA Senior Tour had been competing nearby the week before. Jim Rutledge was the
medalist with a four under par 68.
tied for the fourth and fifth spots with a 71.
In the third week of June the Olympic Club hosted the U.S. Open
for a fifth time. With 36 holes to play four players
were tied for the lead at one under par. One of those was
At the end of 54 holes
still held a share of the lead which he maintained for
most of the last round. On the par 5 16th hole he teed off with a
fairway metalwood, hooked it into the trees and made a six. Another bogey on the
18th hole gave him a 283 total which put him in a five-way tie for
fourth. Webb Simpson (72-73-68-68) was not on anyone’s mind as he trailed by six
strokes with two rounds to play. A 68 on Saturday left him three shots back and
another 68 on Sunday put him in the clubhouse at one over par 281. When everyone
either faltered or failed to make a move Simpson won the championship. Graeme
McDowell and Michael Thompson tied for second with 282 totals.
David Toms, Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington and John
Peterson tied for fourth at 283. For the ninth straight playing of major
championships the winner was a first-time winner of a major.
(301) finished 71st and won $16,833.
The total purse was $8,000,000 and first prize was $1,440,000.
was in the field off his world ranking and
got there through sectional qualifying.
qualified for the U.S. Senior Open
at the Laurel Creek Country Club on the third
Tuesday of June. There were three spots to qualify for at Laurel Creek. The
first two spots went to Maryland amateurs Peter Detemple and David Nocar as they
posted three under par 68s.
Lennon, the teaching professional at the
Wilmington Country Club, picked up the third and last spot with a 69. The
players that shot 70 played off for alternate spots. There were 88 pros and
amateurs entered there.
The PGA Professional National Championship
was played in Seaside, California in the fourth week
of June. The tournament was hosted by the Fort Ord Golf Club at its Bayonet and
Black Horse courses. As it had been for many years the tournament was qualifying
for the PGA Championship. Matt Dobyns (68-68-69-70) won going away as he put
together a thirteen under par 275 and won by eight strokes. The eight stroke
margin of victory broke the old record of five strokes that had been set by
Sam Snead in 1971. Kelly Mitchum and Rod Perry tied for second at 283. Mike
Small finished fourth alone at 284. The professionals from the Philadelphia
Section didn’t fare well. Only
David Quinn made the
cut as he tied for 50th at 296 and won $2,300.
missed the cut by one stroke at 149.
Steinmetz, Chris Krueger, Bill Sautter,
George Forster, Stu Ingraham, John Pillar, Rob Shuey,
Jake Gerney, Brian Kelly
Driscoll also missed the cut. They had
all qualified at the 2011 Philadelphia Section Championship and
had been the first alternate. First prize in the
tournament was $75,000 and the total purse was $550,000.
Won a major on the Senior Tour
On the first of July Whitemarsh Township’s
won the Senior Players Championship
which was a major tournament on the PGA Champions
Tour. The tournament was played at the Fox Chapel Golf Club near Pittsburgh,
who had won twice on the PGA’s second tour but
had never won on the PGA Tour was in the tournament off his fourth place finish
at the Senior PGA Championship in May.
opened up with a 66 and a 64 but he still trailed the
leader Fred Couples by one stroke. A third round 68 put him in a tie for the
lead with Mark Calcavecchia.
Daley stood on the
last tee with a one stroke lead. After a solid tee shot and a good second shot
he was on the front edge of the par five hole in two and needed just three putts
to win. His first putt rolled twenty feet past the cup but he holed the next one
coming back to win by two strokes. His last round 68 gave him a fourteen under
par total of 266. Tom Lehman who had put some pressure on
with a birdie on the last hole finished second at 268. Olin Browne was next at
269. Couples (270) and Calcavecchia (270) tied for fourth.
first place check was $405,000 which was by far the largest check he had ever
was now exempt on the Champions Tour for 12
The U.S. Senior Open
was held in the middle of July at the Indianwood Golf &
Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. The golf course was designed in 1928 by
Wilfrid Reid, who was a founding member of the Philadelphia Section, in
1921. In what was somewhat of an amazing turn of events it was the Englishman
Roger Chapman who won. After 25 years on the European PGA Tour and only one
victory he had won a senior major championship for the second time in six weeks.
In May Chapman had won the Senior PGA Championship which was also played in
Michigan. After opening with rounds of 68, 68 and 68 on the par 70 Old Course at
Indianwood he trailed the leader Bernhard Langer by four strokes. A final round
of 66 vaulted him past Langer who faltered a bit. Chapman’s total of 270 won by
two strokes. Langer, Corey Pavin, Fred Funk and Tom Lehman tied for second at
272. First prize was $500,000.
missed the cut.
Daley were there
through sectional qualifying.
Oakley was there on
a special invitation from the USGA.
On the fourth Monday of July Pine Valley Golf Club hosted the Philadelphia
a fourth time. The defender, amateur Andrew Mason (70-74), put together a four
over par 144 to hang on to the title for another year. There were 41 amateurs
and 31 professionals in the field. A two-tee start was used for both rounds with
the players beginning one round from the first tee and one round from the ninth
tee. Mason birdied the 475-yard par four 18th hole in the morning for an even
par 70, which was two better than the rest of the field. In the afternoon round
he made a bogey on his last hole, the 326-yard eighth hole, but he was still two
strokes in front of everyone else. The last player to defend his title was
Frank Dobbs in 1991. Travis
Deibert and amateur
James Kania, Jr. tied for second at 146.
tied for fourth at 148. Only eight players broke
150 for the 36 holes and no one broke par in either round. As the low
won $10,000 from the $50,000 purse. Tickets to
the event were available at $10 with all proceeds going to the J. Wood Platt
Caddie Scholarship Fund. 1,417 people purchased tickets.
Ernie Els won his fourth major championship at the British Open
on the fourth Sunday of July. He had now won two
U.S. Opens and two British Opens. The venue was the Royal Lytham & St. Acnes
golf club at Lytham St. Annes, England. Late in the day on Sunday it appeared
that Adam Scott would be the winner. He began the final round with a four stroke
lead. With four holes to play Scott still lead by four strokes, but he finished
with four straight bogeys. While Scott was making bogeys Els was making pars. At
the 72nd hole Els holed an 18-foot putt for a birdie and when Scott
who was playing in the pairing behind Els bogeyed Els was the Open champion
again. Els (67-70-68-68) had picked up seven strokes on the last nine with a 32
and finished at 273 which was one better than Scott (274). Brandt Snedeker and
Tiger Woods tied for third at 277. Par was 280 and Els won $1,405,890 in U.S.
dollars. Jim Furyk
tied for 34th at 284 and won $40,615.
Els used a belly-putter and Scott used a long-putter.
won the Lehigh Valley Open
for a second straight year on the last two days of
July. The tournament was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Golf Association and
held at the Northampton Country Club. After posting a one over par 73 on Monday
it seemed doubtful if Ingraham
would be able to defend his title but Tuesday
was a new and different day.
putters on Tuesday and set the course on fire.
had been using a long putter for several years and he
was changing to a different model. He made five birdies on the front nine and
four more on the back nine for a 63.
who led the first day with a 67 played well as
he tacked on a 70 for 137 but
Ingraham’s 136 total
edged him out by one stroke.
Quinn had finished
second in the tournament in 2011, losing to
in a sudden death playoff.
was an assistant at the Radnor Valley Country Club, tied for third at 138. The
total purse was $15,600 and first place paid $2,225.
The Section Assistants Championship was played at the Whitemarsh Valley
Country Club on the first Monday of August. This was also the qualifying event
for the PGA Assistant Championship and based on the 78 entries the Section had
been allotted five places. Southmoore Golf Club assistant
was the winner with rounds of 72 and 67, but he had to win a sudden death
who had posted rounds of 68 and 71. Their five under par 139 totals edged out
(140) who was now the teaching professional at the Links Golf Club and
(140) by one stroke.
picked up the fifth spot with a 141. The total purse was $9,060 and first prize
Stu Ingraham won
the Section Senior Championship
in the second week of August at the Whitemarsh
Valley Country Club. On Tuesday
Ingraham shot a 69,
which left him one stroke out of the lead, and on Wednesday he was around in 66
strokes. His seven under par total of 135 was three strokes better than the rest
of the field. First prize was $1,325. This was also the qualifying event for the
Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Based on the number of entries
the Section had been allotted nine spots.
finished second at 138 and
was third with a 1139.
Rob Shuey, Don DeAngelis,
who was now the teaching professional at the
Center Square Golf Club, and Jim
teaching professional at the Applebrook Golf Club, tied for fourth with 140s.
(141) picked up the seventh spot and
(142) grabbed the eighth spot. The nine spot
went to Bill
finished alone at 144 and was the first
alternate. When Masserio
didn’t go to the tournament
Farrow took his place. The total purse was
$7,550 and there were 48 entries.
In the second week of August Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship
by eight strokes which was exactly how many strokes
he had won the U.S. Open by the year before. The tournament was played at Kiawah
Island, South Carolina on the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. At 7,676
yards it was the longest course in the history of the PGA Championship. As usual
the PGA Championship had the strongest field of the year. The scoring was quite
good as the golf course had been eased up since the Ryder Cup was held there in
1991. Also the players only faced one windy day, which came on Friday. The
average score for Friday’s round was the highest in a PGA Championship since the
second round at Llanerch Country Club in 1958. A score of 150 made the cut for
the weekend. McIlroy began with a 67 and he survived Friday with a 75. A rain
interrupted third round of 67 put him three shots in front of the field. Play on
Saturday had been curtailed with all of the leaders still on the golf course.
McIlroy had nine holes left to play on Sunday and some had more. In the final
round McIlroy blew away the field with a bogey-free 66 for a thirteen under par
275. His eight-stroke margin of victory was a record for the PGA Championship.
On Sunday only Ina Poulter made a run at McIlroy as he birdied six of his first
seven holes, but he was still three back. 38-year old Englishman David Lynn who
was playing in his first U.S. major finished second at 283. The defender Keegan
Bradley, Justin Rose, Carl Peterson and Poulter tied for third with 284 totals.
First prize was $1,445,000. Jim
Furyk tied for 42nd
at 292 and won $25,750. Sean
O’Hair missed the
The Pennsylvania Open
was held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Farmington
in the middle of AuAugust. The 54-hole tournament was played on its 7,550 yard
Mystic Rock Course. Clayton Rotz, a native of Chambersburg who was
playing the mini-tours, won by three strokes with an 11 under par 205. His
rounds were 66, 66 and 73. Mike Van Sickle and Kevin Shields tied for second at
208. John Popeck was fourth at 210. The low professional from the Philadelphia
Section was Stu Ingraham
who tied for 11th at 215.
In the third week of August
Dave McNabb won the
Pro-Am for Wishes Tournament
at the Penn Oaks Golf Club. The scores were very low on
what was usually a difficult golf course. The first day the professionals were
paired with amateurs in a pro-am format. In Sunday’s first round
shot a six under par 65 which gave him a tie for the
lead. On Monday the pros were paired together to compete for the $2,875 first
tacked on a 67 to finish at 132 and win by two
strokes. John Appleget
was second with a 134 total.
shot a 65 on Monday which was the low round of the day
and ended up alone in third place at 136.
assistant at the Bethlehem Golf Club, and
the assistant at the Shawnee Inn & Country Club,
tied for fourth with 138 totals.
Section Senior Champion
For the second straight year the Philadelphia Section Championship
was scheduled to be held at White Manor Country Club
and St. Davids Golf Club in the third week of September but rain and wet grounds
forced some changes. On Tuesday the first round was rained out and when St.
Davids could not guarantee that golf carts would be available on Wednesday all
rounds were moved to White Manor. The plan then was to have a double shotgun
Wednesday and Thursday with the final round moved to Friday. On Wednesday
morning White Manor was not ready for play until later in the morning, which
brought about a new plan. Half of the field played on Wednesday and the other
half played its first round on Thursday. So after one full round of play the
field was cut to the low 60 and the tournament was shortened to 36 holes. At the
completion of 36 holes on Friday afternoon two of the oldest players in the
field were tied at the top of the leader board. 52 year old
Stu Ingraham (70-68) made a
bogey on the last hole and wound up in a tie with 61 year old
Greg Farrow (68-70) at four
under par 138. A sudden death playoff began on the first hole. The first extra
hole was halved with bogey fives when
Farrow took three strokes from behind the green and
Ingraham missed a two-foot putt.
The next hole was halved with two putt par fours. The par three third hole was
played from 200 yards. Farrow
missed a long birdie putt and then
Ingraham holed a birdie putt from 25 feet to win the Section
championship for a second time. Both
Ingraham and Farrow
putted with long putters. Ingraham
was second only to Marty
Furgol as the oldest winner of
the Section Championship. When Furgol
won in 1970 he was 54. Rich
Steinmetz, Eric Kennedy and
Jake Gerney tied for third at 139. The Section Championship was also
the qualifying for the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship. The Section
had been allotted twelve spots. The first five spots went to
Steinmetz, Kennedy and
Gerney. Barry Dear, Travis Deibert
and Aronimink Golf Club assistant
John Bierkan took the next three spots with 141 totals.
Terry Hatch and
Brian Kelly won the ninth and
tenth places with 142s. The last two spots went to
Rick Hughart who posted 143s.
Ingraham took home a check for
$7,500 and a watch. The total purse was $70,955. There were 192 entries but some
had to withdraw when the tournament was extended another day.
The Ryder Cup
matches were played on the Medinah Country Club’s number 3 course in Medinah,
Illinois at the end of September.
was on the team
for the eighth time. At the end of the first day the USA led by 5 to 3 and at
the finish of Saturday’s play the USA led 10 to 6. It seemed like the home team
was on the way to an easy victory but on Sunday things were different in the
twelve single matches.
eighth pairing, lost to Sergio Garcia one-down and that was the way it went for
had won the two other matches he was involved in. The USA only won three singles
matches and halved one. When it was all over the European PGA was on top by the
count of 14-1/2 to 13-1/5.
On the second Thursday of October the Applebrook Golf Club hosted the
challenge match between the Philadelphia PGA and the Golf Association of
Philadelphia. The match was closely contested but the golf professionals edged
out the amateurs by one point, 9-1/2 to 8-1/2. Some of the Section’s top players
were not available as they were in Virginia playing in the PGA Senior Club
Professional Championship. There were 12 professionals and 12 amateurs on each
team and at least two had to be seniors. There were 12 singles matches and six
better-ball matches. The team of Travis
Deibert-Dave McNabb won their three matches and the 3 points. The
Mike Moses-Jeff Fraim team won
2-1/2 points. The Tony R. Perla-Eric
Kennedy team won 2 points and the
Jim Masserio-Rick Flesher team
won 1 point. The Barry Dear-Bill Walker
and Mark Sheftic-Jake Gerney
teams each won 1/2 point. Walker
was now the teaching professional at the Bucks Club. This was the 22nd year
of the matches and the record now stood at 17 victories for the PGA, one win for
the GAP and four ties.
The Senior PGA Professional National Championship
was held in Aldie, Virginia during the second week of October. The
tournament was hosted by the Creighton Farms club in Aldie and the River Creek
Club in Leesburg. Jim Woodward (78, 70, 66, 73) eagled the par five last hole to
win by one stroke with a one under par 287 . Mike Miles finished second at 288.
Bob Gaus and Sonny Skinner tied for third with 290s.
George Forster tied for 53rd
at 305 and won $1,197.50. It took a score of 151 to make the cut.
Greg Farrow, Stu Ingraham, Bill Sautter,
Cleve Coldwater, Don Allan, Don DeAngelis
and Rob Shuey missed the
cut. Brian Kelly was entered
but did not play in the tournament.
Farrow was the first alternate and he got in when
Jim Masserio didn’t play. First
prize was $20,000 from a purse of $285,000.
The Philadelphia PGA and the New Jersey PGA renewed a challenge match
series that had been played for four years from 1995 to 1998. The match
was hosted by the Huntingdon Valley Country Club on the third Wednesday of
October. There were twelve players on each team and two had to be seniors. They
played 18 holes and competed for 18 points. There were 12 singles matches and
six better-ball matches. The team of
Travis Deibert-Stu Ingraham won 3 points. The teams of
Tony R. Perla-Jake Gerney and
Terry Hatch-Steve Swartz each
won 2-1/2 points. The team of George
Forster-Brian Kelly won 2 points. The teams of
Kennedy and David
Quinn-Barry Dear each won 1 point.
Kogelman was and assistant
professional at the Indian Valley Country Club and had won the William Hyndman
Open at Huntingdon Valley Country Club in 2012. The final result was 12 points
for the Philadelphia PGA and 6 points for the New Jersey PGA. This renewal of
the matches was called the Turnpike Cup.
The Section Match Play Championship
was played at the Little Mill Country Club in the fourth week of October.
There were 60 entries so the defending champion and the top three point winners
for the 2012 season were given byes to fill out a 64-man match play ladder. The
winners played two 18 hole matches each day. There were a number of upsets in
the second round of which one was the defending champion,
David Quinn. Two senior members
of the Section met in one of the semifinal matches as
George Forster defeated
Brian Kelly by 2&1. In the other
semifinal match Terry Hatch
prevailed over Dave McNabb on
the first extra hole. In the finals
Hatch was one up after nine holes.
Forster holed a 70 foot uphill
birdie putt on the tenth hole to even the match.
Forster went 1-up on the 12th
hole and when Hatch called a
penalty on himself for moving a loose impediment in a greenside bunker on the
next hole Forster was two up.
Hatch then proceeded to win
the 15th and 17th holes to even the match. When
Forster won the last hole with a
par he was the winner of the Match Play Championship for a second time. First
prize was $1,200 from a purse of $6,000.
Assistant Championship was
held at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in the first week of November. It
was won by Jake Scott (69-65-67-70) with a 17 under par 271. He finished seven
strokes in front of Ryan Vermeer (278). Scott Frost (279) and Scooter Buhrman
(279) tied for third. First prize was $9,000.
Matthews tied for 42nd
at 296 and won $665. Richie Krebs
tied for 53rd at 298 and won $540.
Steve Swartz finished in 60th
place at 299 and won $500. Nathan Fry
and Barry Dear missed the
cut. The total purse was $100,000.
In the second week of November the PGA’s national meeting
was held in Baltimore at the Hyatt Regency hotel. It was an election year
and Ted Bishop was elected president. Derek Sprague moved up from secretary to
vice president. Paul Levy defeated six other candidates for secretary on the
fourth ballot. Peter Bevacqua was introduced as the new executive director and
CEO of the PGA. He was replacing Joe Steranka who had retired. A resolution
passed to allow an apprentice up to 12 months to find a new PGA employer after
losing their supervising PGA employer. Section president
Haskell and vice president
John Pillar were the delegates
representing the Philadelphia Section. Past national presidents
Dick Smith, Sr. and
Connelly along with our district
director Leo DeGisi were also
in attendance. The Section was also represented by its executive director
The Wilmington Country Club hosted the Section’s fall meeting
on the third Monday of November. The meeting had been scheduled for the
fifth Monday of October but a hurricane named Sandy arrived in the Northeast
that day so the meeting was postponed. There were more than 250 members and
guests in attendance. Section President
Dan Haskell presided over the meeting. The national director,
Leo DeGisi, representing
District II was in attendance and reported on national affairs. He spoke about
the resolutions that passed, failed or were withdrawn at the recent national
meeting. He also informed the members on the hiring of a new CEO that would be
running the PGA of America. DeGisi
mentioned that the PGA of America now had 175 employees. The Section’s
Executive Director Geoff Surrette
reported on various topics. For 2013 $10,000 had been budgeted for
education. The Philadelphia Section is a 501c6 not-for-profit corporation. He
stated that there was $711,000 in the Section’s restricted fund.
Surrette mentioned that the
Section’s lease on its office was nearing the end and that the officers were
considering new home sites. During the past golf season the Section had run 60
Junior Tour events with 715 boys and girls having played in at least one event.
During the meeting a video on the life of Philadelphia’s Johnny McDermott,
a two-time winner of the U.S. Open was played. The video was created by
Section historian Pete Trenham
and TelRa, a local company. The famous sportscaster Jack Whitaker did the
voiceover. The playing awards were also given out for 2013.
Ingraham, who was now
52-years-old, swept the honors. He was the Section’s "Player of the Year", the
Skee Riegel "Senior Player of the Year" and he won the DeBaufre Trophy
with a scoring average of 70.41. He was the "Player of the Year" for a record
eighth time and his DeBaufre win was the sixth time.
Ronnie Ward was recognized at
the meeting by his peers for his more than 60-plus years as a golf professional
in the Philadelphia Section. Trenham
made the introduction and read from a plaque that was presented to
At the fall meeting on November 19th two more Section members,
George E. McNamara and
Dougherty were inducted into the
Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame.
Section President and
All Around PGA Professional
George McNamara had been a
golf professional in the Philadelphia Section for 46 years. He turned pro in
1966 and worked at several clubs in the Section as an assistant. In 1974 he
became the head professional at the Downingtown Inn & Country Club. While at
Downingtown he hosted the Section’s first four Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf
Academys. In 1985 McNamara
left the Downingtown course, which didn’t have a practice field, and opened a
driving range and miniature golf course for the public across the street. He
named it Mac’s Driving Range. He then moved across the state line to Delaware as
the professional at the Brandywine Country Club where he stayed for more than 25
years but he continued to operate the driving range in Downingtown for 14 years.
On two occasions McNamara and
his teaching professional Mike Thompson
put on a 24-hour golf instruction marathon to raise money for the
Variety Club’s charities. His first involvement with Section politics was as a
member of the membership committee. Over a two decade period he held almost
every Section office, which included being president for two years in 1998 and
1999. He was a delegate to the national meeting three times. As the treasurer in
1996 he instituted a reserve fund for the Section, which required the Section to
put $50,000 into a restricted fund each year for future opportunities.
McNamara was always on the
cutting edge of the future in golf. He was one of the first golf professionals
in the Philadelphia Section to use a computer. In 1988 the Section formed a
computer committee and made him the chairman. The committee advised the Section
officers and members on the purchase and use of hardware and software. He hosted
numerous Section meetings and tournaments, as he was always willing and ready to
support the Section’s activities. Along with assisting the Section he was active
in raising funds for various charities through golf. He was the Section’s
"Merchandiser of the Year" three times. In 1988
McNamara became just the
second Section member to become a "Master Professional". The subject of his
thesis was "How to Build, Own and Operate a Golf Practice Range and Miniature
Golf Course". The next year McNamara
was honored as the Philadelphia Section PGA "Professional of the Year.
Won on the PGA Tour
Won on the Senior PGA Tour
Dougherty was a
baseball player in his youth but when he returned to Ft. Lewis, Washington after
duty on the front lines of the Vietnam War he began playing golf on the
facility’s golf course. While fighting the war in Vietnam
received the Purple Heart and earned two Bronze Stars for valor. After
completing his tour of duty in 1969 he returned to his home near Philadelphia. A
friend took him to Edgmont Country Club for a round of golf. Tiny Pedone,
the golf professional and part owner of Edgmont watched
hit a few shots and offered him a job picking
the range. He worked at Edgmont in the summers and landed a job in the U.S.
Virgin Islands for the winters. This allowed him to work on his game 12 months a
year. In the Virgin Islands he worked under
a pro with Philadelphia connections who had grown up
playing at The Springhaven Club. Reynolds taught him some of the finer points of
the game. It wasn’t long before
Dougherty began winning tournaments in the
Philadelphia Section. He won the Section’s assistants’ championship in 1972.
became a PGA member in the summer of 1974 and began playing the PGA Tour as a
Monday qualifier. Because he had just begun to play the PGA Tour he was still
eligible for the PGA Club Professional Championship that year. He finished 12th
and earned a place in the 1975 PGA Championship where he was third with one
round to go and finished 22nd. Later that year he won the Section
Championship. For eight years
Dougherty played the PGA Tour with some success.
When not on the PGA Tour he worked at Edgmont except for one year when he was
the head professional at the Cobb’s Creek Golf Club. During the early 1980s he
won the Section Championship two more times, a Philadelphia Open and the 1985
PGA Club Professional Championship. In 1985 he was the "PGA Club Professional
Player of the Year". Dougherty
also won the PGA’s winter program’s match play in 1984 and the stroke play in
1986, which made him the only one to win those two tournaments and the Club
Professional Championship. Late in 1986
won the Wilson Club Professional Classic which included all of the Section
champions and the PGA Cup Team members. In 1983 the PGA Tour devised a "profit
sharing plan", which was based on the total number of cuts (top 70 and ties
after 36 holes) that a player had made. Realizing that he wasn’t far from having
made enough cuts to become vested
Dougherty decided to try the PGA Tour again.
In the fall of 1986 he regained his PGA Tour card at the Q-School. For ten of
the next eleven years he stayed exempt on the PGA Tour. Twice he finished tied
for first in tour events only to lose out in a sudden-death playoff. In 1995 he
had lost his exemption but he got into the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic on his
past performance and won the tournament. That kept him exempt until he was old
enough to play on the Senior PGA Tour.
Dougherty played eleven years on the Senior Tour where he won twice.
Dougherty played in seven PGA
Championships, five U.S. Opens and one Masters Tournament. His best showing in a
major came in 1999 when he finished second in the U.S. Senior Open.
Rory McIlroy led the PGA Tour in all phases.
He was the PGA Player of the Year, winner of the Vardon Trophy and led
the money winnings list. He won the Vardon Trophy with a scoring average of
68.87 while winning $8,047,952 in 17 tournaments. McIlroy won the PGA
Championship plus three other events.
Jim Furyk finished 18th on the money list with winnings of
$3,623,805 in 25 starts. Sean O’Hair
was 73rd with earnings of $1,290,981 in 26 tournaments.
Jason Bohn played in 28
tournaments winning $795,594, which put him in 117th place and allowed him to
have a full exemption on the PGA Tour for another year.
Bernard Langer led the Senior PGA Tour in money
won with $2,140,296 in 20 events.
Joe Daley got into 15 tournaments and Casey Wittenberg was the
leading money winner on the PGA’s second tour
with winnings of $433,453 in 24 events.
In late November the USGA and the R&A announced changes to the rules
of golf that prohibited anchoring the club to a person’s body for any
golf stroke. This mainly concerned those who used long-putters and
belly-putters. The rule, which would not go into effect until January 1, 1916,
prohibited strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly
against the player’s body, or with a forearm held against the body. Long putters
could still be used as long as they were not anchored. Long putters had been
around for nearly 30 years but now major championships had been won by players
using these putters. In the 2012 Philadelphia Section Championship the top two
players, Stu Ingraham and
Greg Farrow, used long
putters and had been for quite a few years. Three major championships had been
won with belly-putters or long-putters in the past two years.
Qualifying for the PGA Tour
which was held at PGA West in La Quinta, California
concluded on the first Monday of December. The par 72 PGA Stadium and Nicklaus
Tournament courses were used for the qualifying. A 25 under par score of 407 for
the six rounds led the qualifying. The players with scores of 415 or better
qualified as five players tied for 22nd at that number.
who grew up playing golf under the tutelage of
at the Llanerch Country Club missed by one stroke.
was now one of the professionals at the Bala
Golf Club. Covello
posted rounds of 69, 70, 67, 73, 67 and 70 for a
416 total. Even though he had missed securing a place on the PGA Tour he had a
full exemption for 2013 on the PGA Tour’s second tour which was now called the
Harry Hammond was the national
recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. The ceremony took place in late January during the PGA of
America’s Merchandise Show in Orlando. The award was for leadership and service
to a PGA Section. The promotion of junior golf had been Hammond’s mission for many years. Four times he
had been the Section’s junior golf leader and in 1999 he had been the PGA of
America’s “Junior Golf Leader”. During his 50 plus years in the golf business
he had cut down thousands of clubs for new junior golfers. He was always
available for junior clinics and junior golf tournaments. For 40 years Hammond had run a two-day tournament for the
Section. He had won the Bill Strausbaugh Award in the Philadelphia Section in
2009 and he was the Section’s “Golf Professional of the Year” in 1991.
Winner of Two
National PGA Awards
January at the PGA Merchandise Show national President Ted Bishop announced
that the PGA of America was officially against the USGA’s recent proposal to
of the putter. The
PGA had polled its members and 4,200 of
its 27,000 members and apprentices had responded. About 67% voted in favor of anchoring. In November when
the USGA and the R&A had issued the proposal they had said that they would
welcome input on the subject from other entities and that the comment period
would end on February 28, 2013.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Philadelphia PGA 2013
The Philadelphia Section’s spring meeting was held at the Green Valley Country
Club on the first Monday of April. The biggest news was that the Section was
purchasing an office. It had been leasing office space and the lease was
finished at the end of the year. The Section’s “Golf Professional of the Year”
was Merion Golf Club professional Scott Nye and he was also merchandiser of the year for private
clubs. As the professional at Merion Nye had hosted the 2005 U.S. Amateur, the 2009 Walker Cup and the 1999 U.S.
Junior Amateur Championship. He was now in the midst of hosting the U.S. Open.
He had been in the Section since 1990, with nine years as the professional at
the Country Club of York and fourteen years at Merion. He was the Section’s
Horton Smith Award winner in 1996 and 1997. As the professional at Merion he
had traveled numerous miles to speak to various golf organizations promoting
golf and Merion. There could not be a better ambassador for golf and Merion
than Scott Nye. Mark Anderson was
the Section’s “Teacher of the Year”. Anderson had been a head professional at three clubs in the
Philadelphia Section and was now devoting his full attention to teaching golf
at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. At the Cricket Club he came up with an
innovative idea called the Breakfast Club where he provided golf instruction
from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. He was also the coach of the University of
Pennsylvania women’s golf team. Before Anderson began coaching the team they had never
won a tournament. The team was now very
competitive and had won the 2010 Ivy League championship along with other
The Masters Tournament which had been held at the Augusta
National Golf Club during the first full week of April for many years changed
its dates to the second full week of April. A tournament which should have been
all about the golf and who won will be remembered as the one where Tiger Woods
took an illegal drop and was not
disqualified. In the second round Wood’s third shot hit the flagstick on par
five 15th hole. The golf ball caromed back into the water hazard. Woods elected
to play his next stroke from where he had played the previous shot. That was
fine except he played from two steps behind that spot. A spectator put in a
telephone call to Augusta National to report the incorrect drop. After the
round the Masters’ officials interviewed Woods and allowed him to sign his
scorecard without a penalty. They must not have asked the right question as
later that evening Woods mentioned in a TV interview that he had dropped a
couple of steps behind where he had played his previous shot. On Saturday
morning the Masters officials interviewed Woods again. Even though the rules
called for disqualification for signing for an incorrect score the Masters
officials decided to just penalize him two strokes. After all of that Augusta
provided another exciting back nine and a very memorable ending. Adam Scott
(69-72-69-69) holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a back nine 33
and a clubhouse leading total of 279. Angel Cabrera (71-69-69-70), playing
right behind Scott, put his second shot two feet from the hole for a
birdie-par-birdie finish and a total of 279. A sudden death playoff was then
held on the 18th hole. They halved that hole with pars and then moved on to the
10th hole. Scott proceeded to hole a
12-foot putt with his long-putter and became the third in the last four major
tournaments to win with an anchored long-putter. Jason Day finished third at
281. Tiger Woods and Marc Leishman tied for fourth with 283s. First prize was
$1,440,000. Jim Furyk tied for 25th at 290 and won $56,040. The purse totaled $8,000,000.
New Philadelphia PGA Section Office
Owned by the Section-April
1009 Penllyn Pike, Lower Gwynedd, PA
In the third
week of April the Philadelphia Section moved to a new office which it had purchased. It was now an
owner instead of a renter. The building had three floors and was large enough
for the various offices needed and storage of equipment for the management of
its tournaments. The building was 4,100 square feet with 900 square feet of
that in the basement for storage. The purchase price was $680,000. $300,000 was
taken from the Section’s Reserve Fund and the rest was financed by the Valley
Green Bank. The lease at their previous home had been $40,000 a year and the
building was deteriorating. The new address was 1009 Penllyn Pike, Lower
Gwynedd, PA, 19002. The 215-886-7742 telephone number was still the same as
before. The 7742 was also PPGA on the telephone dial.
qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at the Chambersburg Country Club on the second Thursday of May.
Par for the course was usually 73 but the USGA made it a par 72 for the
qualifying round. There were three spots to qualify for there and three players
ended up tied for the medal at 74. David Hilgers, a mini-tour player from Hershey along with two
Maryland amateurs Gary Carpenter, Jr. and David Bosdosh took the three spots.
Country Club hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the second Thursday of May. There were 122 golfers
competing for seven spots at Waynesborough. Amateur Oliver White and Texas
professional Mikel Martinson tied for low at even par 71. Travis Howe who was playing the mini-tours out of
Osceola, Pennsylvania along with amateurs Jeffrey Osberg and Braden Shattuck
took the next three places with 72s. Philadelphia Country Club Mark
Summerville won the sixth
spot with a 73. West Chester mini-tour player Chris Gallagher earned the seventh spot in a seven-man
playoff by making a birdie three on the 10th hole, which was the first playoff
On the second
Monday of May Whitford Country Club hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open. There were five spots at Whitford.
Reinstated amateur and former Philadelphia Open winner Michael Brown was low with an even par 72. Baltimore
amateur Christopher Baloga was next at 73. Reinstated amateur David West and John Ladow, a mini-tour player out of Pottstown,
took the third and fourth places with 74s. Connecticut amateur Blake Morris won
the last place with a 76.
Golf Club hosted the local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the third Thursday of May. There were eight places to
qualify for at Applebrook. John Lynch, the teaching professional at the Peninsula Golf &
Country Club led the qualifying with a one under par 70. Michael Tobiason, David Sanders (Mt. Laurel, NJ) and
Knaub (York) took the
next three places with 71s. Joey Bonargo (Mechanicsville, PA) and Zak Drescher (Landisville, PA) along with amateur Cory Siegfried and
North Carolina amateur Chad Wilfong won the last four spots in a six-man
playoff. Sanders, Knaub, Bonargo and Drescher were playing the professional golf mini-tours.
The PGA Senior Championship was held at the Bellerive Country
Club in St. Louis, Missouri. None of the Philadelphia Section’s club
professionals had been able to qualify at the Senior PGA Professional National
Championship in October. For the second straight year a real dark-horse won the
tournament. Japan’s Kohki Idoki in his first trip to the United States put
together rounds of 71, 69, 68 and 65 to come from well behind. His eleven under
par 273 total won by two strokes over Kenny Perry (275) and Jay Haas (275).
Mark O’Meara finished fourth at 276. Joe Daley, who was fully exempt on he PGA Senior
Tour missed the cut and received $1,000.
First prize was $378,000.
The two-day Burlington Classic was held at the Burlington Country
Club in the first week of June. On Sunday two professionals were paired with
three amateurs in a pro-am format. The professionals’ scores counted toward a
two-day total. Play on both days was challenged by rain storms. On Monday the
start was delayed by 30 minutes. When the 36 holes was finally completed Mark
Sheftic (68-68) and Tommy
Ellison (68-68) an
assistant at the Brandywine Country Club were tied for the top prize with four
under par 136s. A sudden death playoff was held on the 18th hole. The two
players halved the hole with pars and then played the hole for a second time.
They halved with pars again. The third time they played the hole Sheftic holed a birdie putt from the fringe of
the green to win. George Forster, Sr. and Billy Stewart, an assistant at Golf Galaxy-Devon, tied for third at 138. First prize was
$2,500 from a total purse of $16,800.
qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at eleven locations around the USA on the first Monday of June.
There had also been sectional qualifying in Japan and England at earlier dates.
No one from the Philadelphia Section qualified. Jim Furyk was exempt off several categories. One
of those was a ten year exemption for winning the tournament in 2003.
The Variety Club Tournament of
Champions was scheduled
for the second week of June but rain interfered. The tournament was being
hosted by the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Heavy rain on Friday and more
rain on Monday closed a course that in spite of several renovations had always
had flooding problems. The pro-am portion of the event on Tuesday was postponed
until later in the year and the individual competition was reduced to one round
and played on Wednesday. For most of the day a host of players held the lead
with one under par 71s. Late in the day Rich Steinmetz came in with a 69 and soon after that John Pillar
posted a 70. Stu
Ingraham, Dave McNabb, David Quinn, Joe Kogelman, George Forster, Sr., Barry Dear, Don
DeAngelis and Michael
Rushin tied for third with 71s. Kogelman was now the teaching professional at
the Waynesborough Country Club. First prize was $3,500.
In the second
week of June the U.S. Open returned to the Merion Golf Club’s East Course for a fifth time. There were
9,660 entries which was a record. The entries came from 74 different countries.
In spite of being lengthened by almost 500 yards to nearly 7,000, Merion’s golf
course was thought to be too short and outdated for the current golf
technology. The only hope was to have a fast and firm golf course which would
send the golf balls bounding off the fairways and greens. That didn’t come
about. Before play even began it poured rain on Friday and Monday. When the
tournament got under way on Thursday birdies were plentiful but before anyone
could finish even nine holes another storm arrived and play was stopped for
more than three hours. Later in the day rain and the threat of lightening held
up play for another hour. In spite of the soft conditions only two sub-par
rounds were posted that day. There were birdies but there were also double
bogies and worse. When darkness fell there were 78 players still on the golf
course. When the first round was finally completed on Friday morning Phil
Mickelson held the lead with a three under par 67. Somehow Merion’s course was
holding its own. There were a total of five rounds of under par golf. On day
two the first round was completed. Then it was Billy Horschel who stepped to
the front with a 67 in the second round. Horschel hit all 18 greens in
regulation. Not everyone finished on Friday either as 68 players had to
complete their rounds on Saturday morning. At the end of 36 holes Horschel and
Mickelson were tied for the lead at 139. The third round began with a two tee
start at 12:28. There had been a two tee start for the first two rounds and due
to the location of the tenth tee the players who began their rounds on the back
nine started on the eleventh hole. Also because of a lack of space the players
warmed up on Merion’s East Course. Scoring in the third round was much like the
first two. The low round was 67 and six players broke par. Mickelson turned in
a 70 to take a one stroke lead into the final round. At 209 he was the only
player under par. On Sunday everyone went off the first tee in twos. Once again
67 was the low round and the leaders struggled. Mickelson made two double
bogies along with two unlikely bogies on #13 and #15. When it was all over the
winner was Justin Rose who put together rounds of 71, 69, 71 and 70 for a one
over par 281. Mickelson and Jason Day tied for second at 283. It was the sixth
time that Mickelson had finished second in the U.S. Open. Ernie Els, Jason
Dufner, Hunter Mahan and Horschel tied for fourth at 285. Jim Furyk missed the cut. First prize was
$1,440,000 form a purse of $8,000,000.
another U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club was a logistical nightmare. Without the assistance of
Haverford College, the homeowners on Golfhouse Road and Haverford Township it
never would have taken place. For the seven days of the tournament Haverford
Avenue, Ardmore Avenue, Golfhouse Road and other neighboring streets were
closed. The driving range at the East course was used by the USGA for a large
merchandise tent, media center, food concessions and other USGA tents. The players practiced on the West Course. The
approach to the first green was flattened for a tee and the players drove balls
down the 9th and 10th fairways. The 1st and 18th greens were used for practice
pitching. The practice putting green was made five times larger. Tents were put
up behind the practice tee on private property for lockers rooms and dining for
the players, their families and the caddies. The players and their caddies were
then transported to the East Course through back roads. Hospitality tents were
erected on the front lawns of the residences on Golfhouse Road. The owners were
well paid for this inconvenience and the lawns were all resodded after the
tournament. The members were not allowed in the clubhouse for the week but a
tent with a deck which overlooked the 13th green and the 1st fairway was
provided for them. The members had to park on one of the holes at the West
Course and then walk some distance to the shuttle buses. People like USGA
staff, USGA officials and the press parked at Villanova University and were
bused in. The public and volunteers were provided with parking several miles
away at Rose Tree Park near Media and the soccer stadium in Chester. Some
businesses provided shuttles. As usual one could take the P&W train to
Ardmore Avenue which is right at the golf course. Others could take SEPTA
trains to the Rosemont Station and shuttle buses then took you to a gate on
Haverford. A short walk from there took them to a bridge that had been
constructed over the railroad tracks just for the tournament. That put you in
the club’s parking lot near the 18th hole. Without the cooperation of many
entities the tournament could never been held. The USGA paid for all of these
George Forster, Sr. qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in Maryland on the third Wednesday of
June. Qualifying was hosted by the 6,825 yard Musket Ridge Country Club in
Myersville. Virginia amateur Michael Sughrue led with six under par 66. Western
Pennsylvania amateur Sean Knapp was next at 69. Forster posted a 70 and went on to win the
third and last spot in a three-way sudden death playoff that took seven holes
to decide. On the seventh extra hole Forster holed an eight-foot putt for a birdie to put an end to
the playoff. One of the other participants in the playoff was Rob Shuey.
The PGA Professional National
Championship was held at
the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon during the fourth week of June. This
was also the qualifying event for the PGA Championship. There were thirteen
players in the field from the Philadelphia Section. Rod Perry, a left-handed
player from the North Florida Section, was the winner by three strokes. Perry
posted rounds of 63, 72, 73 and 69 for an eleven under par 277. Ryan Polzin
finished second at 280 and Jeff Sorenson was third at 282. Mark
Sheftic, Mike Small, Chip
Sullivan and J.C. Anderson tied for fourth with 283 totals. Sheftic won $22,237.50. Dave McNabb
also made the cut and
finished in a tie for 9th at 286 winning $12,100. By finishing in the top 20 Sheftic and McNabb qualified for the PGA Championship. Stu
Ingraham missed the cut
by one stroke with a 146. Also missing the cut were Rich Steinmetz, John Bierkan, Jake
Gerney, Eric Kennedy, Travis Deibert, Matthew McKeon, Rob Shuey, Terry Hatch,
Rich Hughart, Alex Knoll and Barry Dear. Brian Kelly
and Greg Farrow
chose not to play and the
Section was also awarded one extra spot. Out of that Knoll and Sheftic took their places and when Cleve
Coldwater the third
alternate could not play Shuey got into the starting field. Deibert was now the head professional at the
Commonwealth National Golf Club. McKeon, who was the new professional at the
Great Bear Golf & Country Club, had qualified in the New Jersey Section.
Two golf courses at Crosswater were used for the tournament and one was quite a
bit easier than the other. Par at both courses was 72. The championship course
which was used for three rounds measured 7,489 yards. First prize was $75,000.
In early July
the PGA of America and the PGA Tour agreed to accept the USGA’s ban on what it
referred to as “Attached Putting”. The
rule would take affect on January 1, 2016.
The U.S. Senior Open was held at the Omaha
Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska during the second week of July. Kenny
Perry posted rounds of 64 and 63 on the weekend to win the tournament by five
strokes after trailing by ten shots at the halfway point. Perry had begun with
a 67 and a 73 in the first two rounds. His 267 total was thirteen under par.
Fred Funk finished second at 272. Rocky Mediate and Corey Pavin tied for third
with 273 totals. First prize was $500,000. Joe Daley who was fully exempt on the PGA Senior
Tour tied for 20th at 281 and won $33,779. George Forster, Sr. also made the cut and tied for 50th.
He put together a 288 and won $8,156.
On the third Wednesday of July
Waynesborough Country Club hosted the Philadelphia Open. There were 78 players, 32
professionals and 46 amateurs, in the starting field. Some had been exempt and
others were there through qualifying events. Once again it was one day and 36
holes of walking with caddies. It was hot and humid with temperatures in the
low 90s. The course measured just under 7,000 yards. At the end of 27 holes
Brandon Matthews led the field at four
under par but he proceeded to make a few bogies and came to the last hole
needing a birdie to tie Billy Stewart (69-71). Having begun his final round
on the back nine he was finishing on the 446-yard ninth hole. Matthews (70-70)
played a 128-yard sand wedge to the green and holed a ten-foot putt to tie Stewart at 140. A four hole playoff was held
on holes six through nine. Matthews
played the four holes in one under par to win by two strokes. He one-putted all
four holes for a total score of 15 against 17 for Stewart. The Philadelphia Open had now been won by amateurs for a fourth straight
year. Amateurs Michael McDermott and Chip Lutz tied for third at 141. Rich
Steinmetz and Mark
Summerville tied for
fifth with 142s. First prize was $7,000 from a purse of $35,000. Seventeen
professionals won money.
The British Open was played during the third week of July at the Muirfield golf club in
Gullane, Scotland. Phil Mickelson teed off in the final round trailing the
leader by five strokes. Four birdies in the last six holes gave him a 66 and
his first British Open victory. Mickelson (69-74-72-66) was the only player to
finish under par for the tournament as he finished at three under par 281.
Henrik Stenson was second at 284. Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood tied
for third with 285 totals. Jim Furyk missed the cut. First prize was $1,442,826 in United
Don Allan who was now the teaching professional
at the Burlington Country Club won the GALV Lehigh Valley Open on the fifth Tuesday of July. The
two-day tournament was hosted by the Northampton Country Club which measured
6,600 yards. Allan, who had won this tournament in 2010, finished his second round with three
straight birdies to win by two strokes. He put together rounds of 69 and 67 for
an eight under par 136. Stu Ingraham and Rolling Green Golf Club assistant Michael
Little tied for second at
138. Mike Moses, Greg Farrow and Terry Hertzog tied
for fourth with 140s. First prize was $2,250.
The 36-hole Philadelphia PGA Assistant
Championship was played
at the Cedarbrook Country Club on the first Monday of August. This was the
qualifying event for the PGA of America Assistant Championship. Alex Knoll put together rounds of 68 and 70 for a six
under par 138 which was just what he needed to win. Tony R.
Perla and Aronimink Golf Club assistant Carson
Solien tied for second at
139. Merion Golf Club assistant William Ciccotti and Mark Summerville tied for fourth at 140. There were
five spots to qualify for in the national championship so those five were going
to be representing the Philadelphia Section. First prize was $1,350.
Steve Swartz was alone in sixth place with a 141 and that made him the first alternate.
When Knoll could not play in
the tournament Swartz got
into the national championship.
In the second week of August Stu
Ingraham won the Philadelphia Section Senior
Championship for a third
straight year. The two-day tournament was hosted by the Saucon Valley Country
Club on its Weyhill Course in the first week of August. Ingraham (140) posted a pair of two under par
70 rounds to win by two strokes. First prize was $1,200. The tournament was
also qualifying for the PGA’s national senior championship for club
professionals. Based on the number of entries from the Section Philadelphia had
been awarded nine spots. Bill Sautter, Brian Kelly and George Forster, Sr. tied for second with 142s. Rob Shuey (143) and Greg Farrow
(143) picked up the fifth
and sixth spots. Don Allan (144) was seventh and Manufacturers Golf & Country Club professional Bob Fritz (146) was eighth. Philmont Country
Club professional Mickey Sokalski (147) won a sudden death playoff over three others for
the ninth and last place.
The PGA Championship was played in second week of August.
at the Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course near Rochester, New York. Since the
hosting of the Ryder Cup in 1995 the course had been lengthened a little and
now measured 7,163 yards. The first two days it rained enough to soften the
course and birdies were plentiful. Philadelphia Section members Dave McNabb
Sheftic were in the field
having qualified at the PGA Professional National Championship in June. Jim Furyk played well for four days but Jason
Duffner played even better as he put together rounds of 68, 63, 71 and 68. Furyk led the field with one round to play
and Duffer trailed by one stroke. The two of them were paired together for the
last round and they battled it out. Both players made bogey fives on the final
two holes which measured a total of 1,000 yards. When it was over Duffner’s ten
under par 270 was two strokes less than Furyk’s 272. Henrik
Stenson finished third at 273 and Jonas Blixt was fourth at 274. There were
some low scores on the last day but no one really challenged Duffner and Furyk.
McNabb and Sheftic along with the other 18 club
professionals missed the cut. First prize was $1,445,000 from a purse of
$8,000,000. Duffner’s 63 on Friday tied the lowest score ever shot in a major
Andrew Mason, a member at Huntingdon Valley Country
and now a professional playing mini-tours won the Pennsylvania Open in the second week of August. The
three-day tournament was hosted by the 7,084-yard Commonwealth National Golf
Club. On Tuesday the second day of play was rained out and the field was cut to
the low 40 and ties from round one. The players that made the cut played 36
holes on Wednesday. Mason put together rounds of 68, 72 and 72 for a one under par 212 total. He led
by four strokes with nine holes to play but a few bogies on the last nine left
him needing a par on his last hole to win, which was #9. He missed the green
but chipped to within two-feet and holed the putt for the victory. As an
amateur Mason had won both
the Philadelphia Open and the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship in 2011 and
2012. Western Pennsylvania’s John Popeck finished second at 213. Travis Howe was third with a 214 total. George
Forster, Sr., Gordon
Vietmeier, Daniel Obremski and amateur Greg Podufal tied for fourth with 216
totals. First prize was $8,000.
In the third week of August the two-day Pro-Am for Wishes was played at the Penn Oaks Golf Club.
David Quinn came to the par four
18th hole needing a birdie to have any chance of winning. His tee shot was off
to the right in trees and his second shot was well over the green . From there Quinn played a flop shot with a lob-wedge
that landed on the collar of the green and trickled into the cup. That put him
in the clubhouse at four under par 138. When the first round leaders faltered Quinn (69-69) was the winner by one stroke. Mark
Sheftic and Billy Stewart tied for second with 139 totals. John
Appleget, Eric Kennedy and
Mark Summerville tied
for fourth at 141. Quinn took home a check for $2,700. For Sunday’s first round each professional
was paired with two amateurs in a pro-am format to raise money for charity and
the professional’s score counted toward a two-day score for individual prize
On the first
Tuesday of September the Drexel Morgan & Co. Classic (formerly the Haverford Trust Classic) was played at the 6,900-yard
Sunnybrook Golf Club. The tournament with a first prize of $75,000 was again
sponsored by George Connell. The tournament had been scheduled on its usual
date, the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but heavy
rain brought about a postponement to the day after Labor Day. The field was
composed of 129 professionals and 12 invited amateurs. Some of the
professionals were exempt and the others had qualified earlier. At the end of
the day four professionals; Billy Stewart, Stu Ingraham, Bill Sautter and Pottstown’s Brookside Country Club
professional Ryan Breidegam, were tied for the top spot with four under par 68s. At one point in the
round Sautter was seven under par.
A sudden-death playoff was held on the
par four 18th hole. Briedegam was the only one that wasn’t on the green in regulation.
He proceeded to almost hole out his chip shot as it caught the lip of the cup
and stopped within inches of the hole. Ingraham and Sautter then putted for birdies and both
failed to reach the hole. It then came down to Stewart who holed his 12-foot putt for the
largest first place prize in the Section. Ingraham, Sautter and Briedegam each won $2,733.33 as the next three
money prizes were divided among them. The prize money was top-heavy as second
prize had been $5,000.
September 13th Jim Furyk shot a 12-under-par 59 during the BMW Championship at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake
Forest, Illinois. He was the sixth player to post a 59 on the PGA Tour. Furyk didn’t win the tournament but he did
finish solo third. He played the back nine first, putting together an
eight-under-par 28 which was helped by a nine-iron shot that he holed out for
an eagle 2 on the 334-yard 15th hole. Furyk then played the front nine in 31. A birdie three on the
last hole put the finishing touch on a historic round. The round was marred
slightly by a three-putt bogey on the fifth hole. The course was playing
difficult with a north wind of 20 miles and hour. The next best score that day
was a 65.
2013 Section Champion
William B. Packer Trophy
The $70,000 Philadelphia Section
Championship took place
for the 92nd time in the third week of September. The first two rounds of the
tournament were hosted by the White Manor Country Club and the Radnor Valley
Country Club. On Tuesday half of the field was playing on each course and on
Wednesday they swapped courses. At the end of 36 holes the field was cut to the
low 60 and ties. All scores of 155 and under made the cut. David Quinn, Section champion in 2006, got off to a
good start with a two under par 69 at White Manor which put him in a tie for
the lead. A one over par 71 at Radnor Valley on Wednesday left him three shots
in front of the field at 140. On Thursday Quinn put together a steady 73. His one over
par 213 won the championship and a $7,500 check by two strokes. Quinn had putted with a long-putter for more
than 15 years but he won putting with a regular length putter. Quinn’s name was added to the William B.
Packer trophy which had been resurrected. The trophy had been donated in the
1980s by Mr. Packer a member of several clubs and a benefactor to the
Philadelphia Section for many years. In the last round Riverton Country Club
teaching professional Bill Walker and John Bierkan made a run at Quinn. Walker shot a 67, which was the lowest round
of the tournament at White Manor. Bierkan had a chance but made a bogie on the last hole. Walker and Bierkan ended up tied for second at 215. Terry
Hertzog, who was now the
teaching professional at the Country Club of York had to call a one-stroke
penalty on himself in the last round when his ball moved slightly in the heavy
rough just off the 10th green. Hertzog finished fourth at 218. The tournament was also the qualifying event for
the PGA Professional National Championship. Mark Sheftic and Dave McNabb were exempt off their finish in the
national championship held in June. Sheftic was in England playing in the PGA Cup Matches and McNabb (220) tied for seventh in the Section
Championship. The first four qualifying spots went to Quinn,
Walker, Bierkan and Hertzog. The fifth and sixth spots went to John
Appleget (219) and Alex Knoll (219) who posted 219s. The next two
spots were won by George Forster, Sr. (220) and Radley Run assistant professional Shawn Hall (220). The ninth, tenth and eleventh
spots went to John Lynch (221), Aronimink Golf Club
assistant Patrick Clark (221) and Stonewall head
professional Ryan Lagergren. (221). The host professionals were White Manor’s Mark Levine
and Radnor Valley’s George
Mark Sheftic wasn’t entered in the Philadelphia Section Championship because he was
playing in the Cup
matches against the Great
Britain & Ireland PGA just one day after the Section Championship ended.
The venue was the Hunting Course at Staley Hall in Northumberland, England. Sheftic, who was participating in the matches
for a third time, was one of ten club
professionals representing the PGA of America. On Friday and Saturday there
were four foursome matches (alternate strokes) in the morning and four
four-ball matches in the afternoon. On Sunday all ten players took part in the
singles matches. After two days of partners matches the United States led by
10-1/2 points to 5-1/2 points. On Sunday the GB&I team stormed back winning
7-1/2 points. The competition ended in a tie with 13 points for each team. It
was not what the U.S. team had gone to England for but they did get to keep the
cup due to having won the previous match in 2011. Sheftic won 2 points and lost 2 points
On the second
Wednesday of October the challenge match between the Philadelphia PGA and the GAP was played at the Applebrook Golf
Club. For just the second time in the 23 history of the matches the
Philadelphia Section came out on the short end of the result. One reason may be
that several of the Section’s best players were in Virginia playing in the
Senior Professional National Championship. There were 12 players on each team
and two of the players had to be seniors. The players played 18 holes and were
paired in fours. In each pairing there were two singles matches and a four-ball
match. The Eric Kennedy-Dave McNabb team won all three points and the Michael Little-Mark
Summerville team won two
points. The Terry Hertzog-John Bierkan team and the senior team of Mike
Moses-John Allen each won
one point. The Bill Walker-Barry Dear team and the Rich Steinmetz-John Appleget team each won one-half point. The
final tally was 10 points for the GAP team and 8 points for the PGA. The
standings for the matches now stood at 17 wins for the PGA against two loses
and four ties.
The Senior Professional National Championship was scheduled for the second week of
October in Aldie, Virginia but rain changed everything. After two days of
trying to outwait the weather the tournament was postponed until April 2014 and
moved to the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A few holes were played
by some of the contestants but no rounds were completed. There were ten players
in the starting field from the Philadelphia Section.
PGA defeated the New Jersey PGA in a challenge match on the third Thursday of October. The match, called
the Turnpike Cup, was in its second year.
It was hosted by the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey.
There were twelve players on each team and two had to be seniors. The players
were paired in fours with two members of each team playing a four-ball match
against the other team. In each pairing their were two singles matches being
played at the same time. There were three points being contested in each
pairing. The senior team of Stu Ingraham-Greg Farrow won all 3 of their possible points.
The Mark Summerville/John Bierkan team won 2-1/2 points. The Graham Dendler/Michael Little team won 2 points. The John
Appleget/Billy Stewart team
won 1-1/2 points. The John Pillar/Mark Sheftic team won 1 point and the Bill
Walker/Joe Kogelman team
won 1/2 point. The final tally was 10-1/2 points for the Philadelphia team
against 7-1/2 points for the New Jersey team. The Philadelphia team had now won
for the second straight year in what was a renewal of an earlier series of
matches between the two PGA Sections.
Terry Hatch won the Philadelphia Section Match Play
Championship at the
Little Mill Country Club in the fourth week of October. The Little Mill and
Devil’s Glen nines were used at Little Mill. Hatch had lost in the final match the year
before to George Forster, Sr. and Forster was his opponent again. This time Hatch was victorious by the count of 3&2. Twice in the
final match on Wednesday afternoon Hatch was two-up and both times Forster evened the match. On the back nine Hatch won three straight holes to go
three-up and then lost a hole, but when Hatch birdied the par five 16th hole he was
the winner. First prize was $1,200. In the semifinal round on On Wednesday
morning Hatch had defeated Dave McNabb
while Forster was eliminating Billy
Stewart by 2&1. There
were 64 in the starting field on Monday morning. In order to reach the finals a
player had to win five matches and play as much as 36 holes or more each day.
Section President 2013
The annual meeting of the
Philadelphia Section PGA was held at the Valley Forge Resort and Casino on the fourth Monday of
October. It was an election year. Dan Haskell moved to honorary president after
holding office for eight years, the last two as president. After seven years of
serving the Section by holding three different offices John Pillar
was elected president. Ian Dalzell
moved up from secretary
to vice president and John Rogers was elected to the office of secretary. After serving
as the director of tournaments for seven years during two separate periods Mike Moses stepped down. Dave McNabb
was elected director of
the office of director of section affairs. Leo DeGisi, who was in his sixth year as the
Section’s national vice president reported on the affairs of the national
association. The financial status of the Section remained strong. Even after
the purchase of an office building in April there was still $449,126 in the
Restricted Fund. $200,000 was in CDs at the Valley Green Bank which allowed the
Section to have a five year fixed mortgage rate of 5.24%. The Section’s Junior
Tour had held 62 events which was more than any other year and 810 juniors
registered for the program which was 102 more than 2012. The Section started an
Elite Junior Tour of fourteen 36-hole events that offered national rankings.
The college division had 50 members. David Quinn was the Section’s “Player of the Year”
for a second time and he won the DeBaufre trophy for the third time with a 70.0 scoring average. Stu
Ingraham finished the
season as the Skee Riegel “Senior
Player of the Year” for the seventh time.
Clarence W. Hackney
Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame
Clarence W. Hackney was
inducted into the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame at the Section’s fall meeting on the fourth Monday of October. Hackney was born in Carnoustie, Scotland in
1894 and learned to play golf there as a caddy. He immigrated to the United
States and was an assistant to Johnny McDermott at the Atlantic City Country Club in 1914 when McDermott suffered a mental breakdown. Hackney was promoted to head professional and
held the position until his death in 1941. He won the Canadian Open in 1923 and
finished second in the Western Open in 1920. In 1921 Hackney was a member of a pre Ryder Cup Team
that was defeated by a British team the week before the British Open was
played. Hackney won two
Philadelphia Section Championships, the Philadelphia Open three times and the
New Jersey Open three consecutive years. In 1923 one week before winning the
Canadian Open he won the Philadelphia Open at Pine Valley Golf Club by 13
strokes with a score of 298. These victories were rated as PGA Tour victories
based on the caliber of the players in the field. Hackney played in 14 U.S. Opens and 11 PGA
Championships. He also served the Section as first vice president and
tournament chairman for two years and the second vice president for one year.
Five times Hackney was a
delegate to the PGA of America’s annual meeting from the Philadelphia Section.
The PGA Assistant National
Championship was held
during the first week of November at the PGA Golf Club in Port St Lucie,
Florida. The tournament was played on the Wanamaker Course. There were five
assistants from the Philadelphia Section in the starting field. For a third
time Frank Bensel won the tournament and this time he won going away with
rounds of 69, 74, 66 and 69 for a ten under par 278. Charles Frost finished
second at 284. Jeff Seavey and Ray Franz, Jr. tied for third with 286s. First
prize was $9,000. Carson Solien finished in 50th place at 301 and won $600. Mark Summerville posted a 308 to finish 66th and won
$440. William Ciccotti, Tony R. Perla and Steve Swartz missed
the cut. Swartz was in the field as
an alternate for Alex Knoll who had qualified as the Section’s assistant champion.
For the first
time the PGA
Tour ended its season in September right after the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods led the PGA Tour with
earnings of $8,703,439 in the 18 tournaments he entered. Woods was also the PGA
of America “Player of the Year” for the eleventh time and he won the Vardon
Trophy for the ninth time. He captured the Vardon Trophy with a scoring average
of 68.98. Jim Furyk finished 15th on the money list with $3,204,779 in 22 events. Jason Bohn played in 23 events and won $739,030
which was good for 111th place. Sean O’Hair had a down year with earnings of $268,614 in 22
tournaments. That left him in 185th place and off the exempt
list for 2013.
As a result of having finished outside the top 125 on the
PGA Tour money list Sean O’Hair had to play in the PGA Tour qualifying which consisted of four tournaments. Players on the PGA Tour from number 126 to 200 could enter along with the
top 75 from what was now the Web.com, or Developmental Tour. The top 25 from
the Web.com Tour had already earned PGA Tour cards for 2014 but they could
enter in order to improve their positions. The top 25 money winners in these
four events that had not earned cards on the Web.com Tour would also earn PGA
Tour cards. O’Hair then
proceeded to win $59,333 in those events to retain his PGA Tour exemption and
14th place outside the 125 fully exempt players. This made him eligible for
most of the tournaments on the PGA Tour but not all.
Langer led the PGA Senior Tour money list with $2,448,428 in 24 tournaments. Joe Daley ended up in 50th place with $310,774
in 25 events which meant that he had lost his exemption for 2014. Jay Sigel played in two tournaments and won
Hadley led the PGA Tour’s Developmental Tour which was now called the Web.com tour money list with $535,432 in 22
starts. Sean O’Hair won
$59,333 in four events. Those were the four post-season tournaments that
allowed O’Hair to retain his PGA
Tour privileges. Vince Covello won
$21,143 in 18 tournaments which put him in 170th place on the money list.
The PGA national meeting was held in San Diego, California
during the fourth week of November at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marino.
Due to not being an election year it was a quiet session. The keynote speakers
were Lee Trevino and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Trevino was honored
with the 2013 PGA Distinguished Service Award. One resolution was passed and
one failed. The one that passed made it possible for PGA Apprentices in all
levels to earn credits as a teaching professional at a PGA Recognized Indoor
Facility in all levels of apprenticeship while working under a Class A-14 PGA
professional. Before that only Level 2 and 3 apprentices could earn credits in
that way. Leo DeGisi stepped down as a national director after serving a second three-year term.
DeGisi topped Huntingdon
Valley Country Club’s Jack Hobens who served as a national vice president for four years (1920-1923). What
was then called national vice president was later changed to national director.
Section president John Pillar and vice president Ian Dalzell were the delegates representing the Philadelphia
Section. Past national presidents Dick Smith, Sr. and Jack Connelly along with our executive director Geoff
Surrette were also in
2014 - In late January at the PGA
Merchandise Show two Philadelphia Section members were honored with national
was the "PGA Teacher of the Year" and
was the "PGA Merchandiser of the Year" for public
PGA of America
2013 Teacher of the Year
Lou Guzzi came to the game of golf as a
professional a little later than most. He took a couple of lessons from Jerry
Pisano who was leasing Flourtown Country Club and had been one of the
Section’s leading players in the 1960s. Not long after that he won the Flourtown
club championship. At age 29 he turned pro and became the head professional at
Flourtown. In 2001, after ten years at Flourtown he opened a teaching facility
in Ft. Washington where he began honing his teaching skills.
became the director of instruction at Talamore Country
Club in 2005 . He and the owner designed a state-of-the-art year-round teaching
facility for the practice area. It contained a fireplace, cappuccino bar and
office along with the usual driving bays. Along with being a great instructor
had the ability to make golf fun and interesting for his students. He had been
the Philadelphia Section’s "Teacher of the Year" twice.
Rick Kline began his golf career during his
college days in 1983 cleaning golf carts and clubs at Seaview Country Club. From
that he worked his way up to golf shop manager and then head professional. In
1993 he got an opportunity
to purchase Sittler Golf Center in Kutztown, which
was near his hometown. The facility had no golf shop and was only open from
Memorial Day to Labor Day. Soon after taking over the facility
made it the place for golfers to get fitted with the
right golf equipment. Over time he acquired nearly every golf company’s fitting
system. He built a 2,500 square-foot golf shop, a 1,500 square-foot indoor
coaching/fitting lab and a snack bar. His driving range was named to the top 50
golf ranges in America by Golf Range Magazine and Golf Digest listed him as one
of America’s 100 Best Club Fitters.
Merchandiser of the Year
The Masters Tournament
was held at the Augusta National Golf Club in the second
week of April. For the second time in three years the winner was Bubba Watson. A
69 on Thursday was good for second place and on Friday he made five straight
birdies on the back nine for a 68. His 137 total led by three shots. On Saturday
he posted a 74 and let the contenders back into the chase. Jonas Blixt and
Jordan Spieth were tied with him for the lead. On Sunday the usual back nine
fireworks did not happen. Watson trailed Spieth by two strokes on the eighth tee
but bogies on the next two holes by Spieth and birdies by Watson put the winner
in front by two strokes. None of the other contestants were able to made a move
on the back nine while Watson was posting a 69. His eight under par 280 was
three strokes better than Blixt (283) and Spieth (283). Fifty year old Miguel
Angel Jimenez finished fourth 284. First prize was $1,620,000.
tied for 14th at 289 and won $148,500.
The Section held its spring meeting
on the second Monday of April at the DuPont Country
Club. Section president John
Pillar presided over the meeting.
opened the meeting by singing the National Anthem. The
keynote speaker was Sandy Jones, the CEO and Executive Director of the Great
Britain and Ireland PGA. The Section’s Executive Director announced that the ADP
funding from the PGA of America was being increased from $90.000 a year to
$150,000. The funding would also be increasing by five percent a year through
2019. The PGA of America’s new TV contract had made this possible. There was now
$476,859in the Section’s Reserve Fund. The Section’s recent national award
winners, Lou Guzzi
Rick Kline were
recognized. The Section’s "Golf Professional of the
Year" was Dave McNabb
and the "Teacher of the Year" was
Ted Sheftic. McNabb
was an excellent example of a well rounded golf
professional. He began his career as an assistant at the Cavaliers Country Club
in 1993 and became the head professional in 1997. In 2010 he moved north to take
over the head professional position at the Applebrook Country Club.
had served the Section on the Junior Golf Committee,
Tournament Committee and the Special Awards Committee. He had been a District
Director for six years and he was now Director of Tournaments. He was an
outstanding player having won more than 20 tournaments in the Philadelphia
Section. In 2013 he qualified for the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club
in Rochester. Sheftic
was the Section’s "Teacher of the Year" for a
fourth time had been one of the regions leading instructors for 40 years. He
began his professional career as the head professional at the Red Lion Country
Club in 1964 and moved to the Hanover Country Club in 1970. In 1999 he
relinquished his head pro duties to become a full time instructor. In the last
15 years he had turned out some outstanding players. Many were young women. He
was recognized on a national level as a top 100 teacher and a finalist for the
PGA of America "Teacher of the Year" award for 2014. His golf school was now
located at the Bridges Golf Club.
Golf Professional of the Year
In the third week of April the 2013
Senior PGA Professional National Championship
was held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The tournament
was scheduled for the second week of October 2013 but after several days of rain
it was postponed for six months and moved to one of the PGA’s golf courses in
Florida. This was also qualifying for the PGA Senior Championship. Gene
Fieger, a former Philadelphia Section member and Section champion won with
ease. He put together four rounds in the 60s (68, 69, 69, 69) for a 13 under par
score of 275 on the Wanamaker Course. First prize was $20,000. Don Berry
finished six strokes back in second place at 282. Jeff Coston, Steve Parker and
Frank Esposito tied for second with 283 totals.
George Forster tied for 36th
at 292, one stroke out of qualifying for the PGA Senior Championship. He was in
a five-way playoff for an alternate spot and ended up winning the third one.
Forster won $1,850.
Stu Ingraham tied for 41st at 293 and won $1,575.
Rob Shuey who was now the
teaching professional at the Colonial Country Club finished tied for 47th with a
293 and won $1,301.66. Bill Sautter
finished in a tie for 53rd at 295 and won $1,190.
Don Allan tied for 58th at
296 and won $1,093.33. Mickey Sokalski,
Brian Kelly, Don DeAngelis and
Bob Fritz missed the cut. The total purse was $285,000.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open
was held on the first Monday of May at the Hidden
Creek Golf Club. There were six places to qualify for there. Five of the spots
were won by amateurs. Columbian professional Jose Garrido and amateur Alexander
Hicks from Cape May Court House tied for the medal with one under par 70s.
Michael Johnson was third at 71. James Braunsberg, Michael Kania and Matthew
Bassler posted 73s and earned the last three spots. They had to win a five-man
On the second Thursday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open
was held at the Huntsville Golf Club. There were four spots to qualify
for at Huntsville. Canadian professional David Sherman was the medalist with an
even par 72. Huntingdon Valley’s Andrew Mason took the second spot with a
73. Sean Szerencsits, an
assistant at the Southmoore Golf Club and amateur Zachary Herr posted 74s and
won the last two spots in a three-man playoff.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open
was held at the Laurel Creek Country Club on the
second Tuesday of May. There were six spots to qualify for at Laurel Creek.
Llanerch’s Vince Covello, who was back playing the professional golf
minitours won the medal with a two under par 69. Amateur Mark Hill took the
second spot with a 70. Trenton Country Club assistant
mini-tour professionals Michael Tobiason and
Avondale’s Justin Martinson along with north Jersey professional Rex
Riley all turned in 71s and took the last four places without the need of a
Blue Ridge Country Club hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open
on the second Wednesday of May. There were four
spots to qualify for. Canadian professional Sean Bozuk was low with a six under
par 66. Virginia amateur Justin Young was next with a 69. Pennsylvania amateurs
Thomas Timby, Jr. and J.D. Daniels posted 71s and won the last two spots without
the need of a playoff.
In the fourth week of May the Senior PGA Championship
was held at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The winner was not a surprise but long over due. Colin Montgomerie opened up
with a pair 69s which put him in a tie for the lead. A third round 68 put him
one stroke in front of the field. In the last round on Sunday Tom Watson made a
run with a 65 but Montgomerie wasn’t to be denied as he also posted a 65. His
thirteen under par 271 won by four shots. Tom Watson finished second at 275.
Bernard Langer and Jay Haas tied for third at 277.
Joe Daley tied for 39th at
288 and won $7,666.66. George Forster,
Sr. was the third alternate from the 2013 Senior PGA Professional
National Championship. He received a call late Sunday night that he was in the
tournament. He missed the cut and received $1,000. The total purse was
$2,000,000 and Montgomerie won $378,000.
The Haverford Trust Classic was
played at the Sunnybrook Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of May. First prize was
again $75,000 for the one day event. There were 144 entries.
Rusty Harbold played early
and posted a five under par 67 which no one was able to equal. He made seven
birdies and two bogies. The field went off in two front nine-back nine waves.
Brian Kelly played in the
morning as well and posted a 68 which held up for a second place finish and a
$5,000 check. Late in the day a thunder storm put an end to golf for that day
with 29 players still on the course. The only one of those that had any remote
chance to win was Terry Hertzog,
who was one under par with three holes to play.
Hertzog and the others that had
a chance to finish in the money returned to the course the next morning and
completed their rounds. Hertzog
(69) played his last two holes in two under par and finished in a tie with
Dave McNabb (69) for third.
Stu Ingraham, John Lynch and
Steve Swartz tied for fourth
with 70s. Swartz was now the
teaching professional at the Conestoga Country Club.
On the first Monday of June sectional qualifying was held for the U.S. Open.
No one from the Philadelphia Section made it to the U.S. Open.
won the Burlington Classic
at the Burlington Country Club on the first Monday
of June. The two-day tournament was a pro-am on Sunday which featured five-man
teams composed of two professionals and three amateurs. The professionals’
scores counted toward a two-day total.
who was now an assistant at the Ace Club led the first day
with a five under par 65. The second day the tees were moved back and the scores
were much higher. There were two 69s and the rest were higher. One of the 69s
was posted by Appleget
which along with his opening round 67 put him in the
clubhouse at 136. Stewart
had fallen back a bit but he holed a long birdie
putt on the 18th hole to tie
Appleget at 136. The
two players returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff. Stewart missed
the green with his second shot and made a bogie while
was making a routine two-putt par.
Barry Dear, Stu Ingraham, George
Forster, Sr. and
tied for third with 138 totals.
was now the teaching professional at the Twisted Dune
Golf Club and Allen
was now working for the Taylor Made Golf
Company. First prize was $2,500 from a total purse of $20,000.
Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open
in mid June as he went wire-to-wire and won by eight strokes. Kaymer posted
rounds of 65, 65, 72 and 69 for a nine under par 271. The tournament was held in
Pinehurst, North Carolina on Pinehurst Country Club’s No. 2 course. The course
was hosting the U.S. Open for a third time but this was a totally different No.
2 course. Forty acres of Bermuda rough had been removed and replaced with sand
and native vegetation. Several hundred sprinkler heads had been removed with
only a single center row on each fairway remaining. There may have been more
brown grass than green. Erik Compton and Ricky Fowler tied for second at 279.
Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Justin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Brooks Koepka tied
for fourth with 281 totals. Jim Furyk
tied for 12th at 283 and won $156,679. First prize was $1,622,000.
On the third Thursday of June qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open
was held at the Back Creek Golf Club. There were two spots available. New
York’s Jerry Courville and Virginia amateur Roger Newsom qualified by making it
through a four-man playoff. The four players had posted one under par 70s.
John DiMarco was also in the
playoff and ended up as the first alternate.
DiMarco later make it into the
The PGA Professional National Championship was played in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina in the fourth week of June. The tournament was hosted by The Dunes Golf
& Beach Club and The Resort Club at Grande Dunes. The first two rounds were
played on both courses and then the field was cut to the low 90 and ties. The
field was cut again to the low 70 after the third round. The tournament was won
by Michael Block (73-69-72-72) with a two under par 286. Block had tied with
Jamie Broce (286) and won with a birdie three on the second hole of a sudden
death playoff. First prize was $75,000. Stuart Deane finished third at 287 and
Frank Esposito was fourth at 288. Dave
McNabb holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie three on the 72nd hole and
tied for 12th at 292. McNabb
qualified for the PGA Championship by being in the top 20. The players with 293
totals played off for the last spots.
David Quinn tied for 61st at 300 and won $1,975.
Alex Knoll posted a 304 total
and finished 75th, winning $1,662.50.
Mark Sheftic and George
Forster, Sr. made the 90-man cut and missed the third round cut.
Appleget, Brendon Post, Bill Walker,
Patrick Clark, John Bierkan, Terry Hertzog, Robby Bruns, John Lynch, Ryan
Lagergren and Shawn
Hall missed the 36-hole cut.
Post and Bruns
were new to the Philadelphia Section and had qualified for the tournament in the
PGA Sections where they had been employed in 2013.
Post was the teaching
professional at the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club and
Bruns was an assistant at Merion
The U.S. Senior Open was held at
the Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmonds, Oklahoma in the second week of July.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, who was one of the best golfers to never win a
major championship won and for the second time in two months he had won a senior
major. He posted rounds of 65, 71, 74 and 69 for a five under par 279. That put
him in a tie with Gene Sauers (69-69-68-73—279). A three hole combined score
playoff was held which Montgomerie won by one stroke with a one over par total.
Woody Austin and David Frost tied for fourth with 283 totals. First prize from a
purse of $3,500,000 was $630,000. Joe
Daley and John DiMarco
missed the cut. Daley
was in the tournament off the Senior PGA Tour money list and
DiMarco made it as an alternate
from sectional qualifying.
Rory McIlroy won the British Open
at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, England in the third week of July.
McIlroy opened with a pair of six under par 66s and never looked back. He took a
six stroke lead into the weekend. A 68 on Saturday kept him six in from of the
field. On Sunday he put together an up and down 71 for a 271. McIlroy finished
two strokes in front of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia who tied for second at
273. Jim Furyk shot a 65 in
the last round and finished alone in fourth place at 275.
Furyk won $478,380 in U.S.
dollars. McIlroy won $1,665,788. McIlroy had now won three major championships
before the age of 26. Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had achieved that.
The Philadelphia Open was held at
the Applebrook Golf Club on the fourth Wednesday of July. For a fourth straight
year a member of the Temple University golf team won the tournament. Matt
Teesdale, a member at Commonwealth National Golf Club, put together rounds of 68
and 68 for a six under par 136. The field had a two-tee start of the one-day 36
hole event. Teesdale came to his last hole of the day, the 148 yard par three
ninth, with a three stroke lead. He proceeded to pull his tee shot. He then
played a lob-wedge to the collar of the green, stubbed a putt from there and
then putted past the hole. From there he holed a four foot putt for the win.
Amateur Michael McDermott finished second at 137.
Rich Steinmetz posted a 140
and picked up a check for $7,000 as the low professional. Amateur Alexander
Hicks finished fourth at 141. Mark
Sheftic, Billy Stewart and Gulph Mills Golf Club assistant
professional Josh Rackley
tied for fifth with 142 totals.
The two-day Lehigh Valley Open
was hosted by the Northampton Country Club in late July. The first day leaders
were Greg Farrow and
Mike Paukovits who had posted
four under par 68s. When they teed off on the 36th hole
Paukovits, the teaching
professional at St. Davids Golf Club, was still in the lead but tied with
Rich Steinmetz and
Jake Gerney who were in the
clubhouse with 139 totals. Farrow was one stroke back.
Farrow both hit good shots to
the green. Farrow was away
and he holed his ten foot putt to put himself in a three-way tie for the top
prize at 138.. Paukovits then
proceeded to hole his downhill putt from eight feet for a birdie and the
victory. His rounds were 68 and 69. First prize was $2,250.
Billy Stewart won the
Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship
on the first Monday of August at the Concord Country Club.
Stewart posted a pair of 67s for
an eight under par 134 which was four strokes lower than the rest of the field.
Rusty Harbold finished second
at 138. Josh Rackley and
Kevin Nicholson tied for
third with 139s. First prize was $1,800. This was also qualifying for the PGA of
America Assistant Championship and the Philadelphia Section had been allotted
five spots, which was based on the number of entries in this event. The first
four spots went to Stewart, Harbold,
Rackley and Nicholson.
The fifth spot was won by Tony R. Perla
in a sudden death playoff with
Bill Walker after they had finished tied at 140.
Cleve Coldwater won the Philadelphia PGA
on the second Tuesday of August. The two-day tournament was
held at the Burlington Country Club. After a first round 72
(138) came back with a five under par 66 to win
by one stroke. Brian Kelly
Stu Ingraham tied for second at 139.
Hertzog posted 140s and tied for fourth. First
prize was $1,300. This was also qualifying for the Senior PGA Professional
National Championship and the Section had been allotted seven spots. This was
based on the number of entries in the Section event.
George Forster, Sr. (141) earned the last two
spots in a sudden death playoff with
Sautter became the
In the second week of August Rory McIlroy won another major golf tournament,
the PGA Championship. It was his fourth and he was still just 25 years old. The
tournament was held at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. It rained
every day so the greens were soft and the scoring low. McIlroy didn’t hold the
lead after every round but he very close with four solid rounds. His first three
rounds were 66, 67 and 67 which put him in the lead with one round to play, but
only by one stroke. On Sunday morning after play had begun heavy rain flooded
the course and play was delayed for almost two hours. When play resumed the
remaining starting times were squeezed some in an attempt to complete the
tournament that day. After a one over par front nine by McIlroy many who were
scoring much better were now in contention. McIlroy then proceeded to make and
eagle three on the tenth hole and followed that with two more birdies on #13 and
#17. With one hole to play McIlroy now had a two stroke lead. Playing right
ahead of Rory was Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler who were both two strokes off
Rory’s lead. It was getting very dark and in any ordinary tournament play would
have been stopped. Then something took place that had probably never happed
before. It was becoming quite dark and difficult to see. After Mickelson and
Fowler had driven on the par five 18th hole they invited McIlroy and his fellow
competitor to tee off while they were walking to their tee shots. McIlroy’s tee
shot was to the right and near a water hazard but safe.
Mickelson and Fowler then played their second shots. When they arrived at the
green they were then asked by the PGA rules official to step aside again for the
McIlroy pairing to play. The play of the tee shots was idea of the players but
stepping aside at the green was not. McIlroy then hit his second shot into a
front left greenside bunker. Then Mickelson then almost holed a long chip shot
but had to settle for a birdie and a total of 269. Fowler three putted for a par
and finished at 270. After that McIlroy played his bunker shot to the middle of
the green and two putted from thirty feet for a par and the win. McIlroy’s
closing 68 gave him a sixteen under par 268. Henrik Stenson tied Fowler for
third at 270. First prize from a purse of $10,000,000 was #1,800,000.
Jim Furyk played well all
week and finished tied for fifth at 272, winning $367,500.
Bohn tied for 41st at 282 and
won $32,000. Dave McNabb
missed the cut. Furyk was in
the tournament off several categories and
Bohn was there off his position
on the 2013 PGA Tour money list. McNabb
had qualified at the PGA Professional National Championship in June.
PA Open Champion 2014
John Pillar won the Pennsylvania Open
at the Country Club of York in the second week of
August. During all three of the tournament rounds
was in contention but never in the lead. After rounds
of 67 and 70 Pillar
trailed by one stroke as he began the final
round. With four holes to play 2010 winner Robert Rohanna led by three strokes
but a bogey and a double-bogey put him in the clubhouse with a total of 208.
That left him in a tie with Mike Van Sickle (208) who had posted the low round
of the tournament, a 65. Soon after that
finished with a one over par 71 and a total of 208
which made it a three-way tie. A sudden death playoff was held on the 18th hole.
All three players hit good tee shots. Rohanna’s second shot stopped ten feet to
the left of the hole. Pillar
was next to play and he played his wedge shot to
within two feet of the hole. Van Sickle’s wedge shot landed near the hole but
spun back off the green. Van Sickle failed to hole his chip shot and Rohanna’s
putt came up short. Now it was up to
and he calmly holed the putt for the title. First prize was $8,000.
The two-day Pro-Am for Wishes
tournament was played at the Penn Oaks Golf Club in
the third week of August. The first day included a pro-am to raise money for the
tournament’s charity. On the second day
came from three strokes behind to win. He put together
rounds of 70 and 67 for a five under par 137.
finished second at 138.
Mark Parson (140) who was the teaching
professional at the Stone Harbor Golf Club finished third and fourth. First
prize was $2,700.
George Forster, Sr.
Section Champion 1999 & 2014
With the Check and Trophies
The Philadelphia Section Championship
was played at the Llanerch Country Club and the
Concord Country Club in the third week of September. On Tuesday and Wednesday
the field of 176 players was divided between the two courses with one half at
Llanerch and the other at Concord. Par at both courses was 71. After 36 holes
there was a cut with the low 60 and ties surviving to play the final round at
Llanerch. Teeing off on the 54th hole
held a one stroke lead over
who he was paired with. Most of the players were teeing off
with middle irons on what was sometimes a drivable par-four in order to have a
full wedge shot to the sloping green. The cup was in the front of the green
which made the hole even more difficult.
hit his tee shot into the creek. He dropped out, taking
a penalty stroke, and then with no opening to the green chipped out to the
fairway. He put his fourth shot on the green and two putted for a double bogey
tee shot was in the fairway but in a divot. His
second shot came up short of the green, his third finished near the back of the
green and he three putted for a six.
(70-72-72) was tied for the top position with
(71-73-70) who had finished earlier at 214.
were sent back to the 18th tee for a sudden death
playoff. Twice they played that hole halving it with pars as
was missing eight foot putts to win. On their
third attempt at that same hole Ingraham
missed from ten feet to win and
Forster holed from eight feet for a birdie to win the Section
Championship. At the age of 58 Forster
was the oldest winner of the Section Championship eclipsing Marty Furgol
who won in 1970 at age 54. First prize from the $71,000 purse was $8,000.
John Pillar tied for third at
215. This was also the qualifying event for the PGA Professional National
Championship. Based on the size of the field in the Section Championship
Philadelphia had been allotted twelve spots.
Dave McNabb (216) was exempt
off his finish in the PGA Professional National Championship in June. The first
four places went to Forster, Ingraham,
Harbold and Pillar.
The fifth and sixth spots went to
Patrick Clark (216) and
Josh Rackley (216). Robby
Bruns, David Quinn, Don Allan and
Mike Moses picked up the next
four spots with 217 totals. There was a three-way playoff for the last two
places which John
Lynch (218) and
Mark Sheftic (218) captured
in a sudden death playoff over Mark
Summerville (218). The host professionals were
Chris Wilkinson (Llanerch
Country Club) and Mike Moses
(Concord Country Club). Moses
led after the first round with a 65 at his home course.
The Ryder Cup
was held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland
during the fourth week of September. The competition took place on the PGA
Centenary Course. Each team from the United States PGA and European PGA were
composed of 12 professionals. On Friday and Saturday four-ball (better ball)
matches were held in the morning and foursome (alternate strokes) matches were
played in the afternoon. Each match was worth one point and ties were not played
off. On Sunday there were 12 singles matches. The U.S. team lost for the third
straight time and had now lost seven of the last eight matches. The final tally
was not close as the European team won for the third straight time 16-1/2 to
9-1/2. The U.S. team lost seven of the eight foursome points.
was a member of the team for the ninth time, having been a
member of every team since 1997.
Furyk won one point
and lost three in these matches.
Tom Carpus was on the Ryder Cup rules committee
at the matches.
On the second Wednesday of October the Philadelphia PGA opposed the Golf
Association of Philadelphia
amateurs in a team match at the Applebrook Golf Club on a
blustery afternoon. There were 12 on each team competing in 12 singles matches
and 6 four-ball (better ball) matches. Two of the players had to be seniors. The
players were paired in fours with two professionals and two amateurs in each
pairing. In each pairing a four-ball match was being played along with two
singles matches. Eighteen points were being contested. The
David Quinn-Billy Stewart
team won 2-1/2 points. The
John Pillar-Steve Swartz
Hennefer-Rich Steinmetz teams each won two
points. The Josh Rackley-Michael
Meisenzahl team won 1-1/2 points. The
John Lynch-Neil Maurer
team and the senior team of
Don Allan-Brian Kelly
each won one point.
was an assistant at the Shore Gate Country Club.
The final score was 10 points for the PGA and 8 for the GAP team. The standings
for the matches now stood at 18 wins for the PGA against two loses and four
The state of Pennsylvania erected a historical marker
for John J. "Johnny" McDermott on the second
Thursday of October. The marker was placed at 1201 South 51st Street in front of
the Kingsessing Library. This is the neighborhood where McDermott grew up
and learned to play golf at the Aronimink Golf Club, which was then located near
there. When McDermott won the United States Open at the Chicago Golf Club
in 1911 he was the first American born to win the tournament and he is still the
youngest at age 19 to win it. In 1912 he successfully defended his title at the
Country Club of Buffalo, by winning the tournament again There were quite a few
people in attendance, one of them being the historian for the Chicago Golf Club.
The Philadelphia PGA and the New Jersey PGA
met in a team match which had been named the Turnpike Cup. The Aronimink
Golf Club hosted the match on the third Wednesday of October. It was a cold day
for October. There were twelve players on each team paired up in six two-man
combination. Each team had to have two seniors on the team. There were four
seniors on the Philadelphia team. There were twelve singles and 6 four-ball
matches being contested over 18 holes. The team of
Billy Stewart-Rusty Harbold won
3 points. The teams of Dave Quinn-Mark
Sheftic and Rich
Steinmetz-Patrick Clark each won 2 points. The team of
Stu Ingraham-George Forster
won 1-1/2 points. The team of Josh
Rackley-Steve Swartz won 1 point. The other Philadelphia team was
Don Allan-John Allen. When it
was all over the Philadelphia PGA had eked out a 9-1/2 to 8-1/2 victory. The
Philadelphia team had now won for the third straight year in what was a renewal
of an earlier series of matches between the two PGA Sections. The standings for
the series now stood at 3 wins for the Philadelphia PGA against none for the New
In the third week of October Corey
McAlarney won the Section Match Play Championship
at the Riverton Country Club.
McAlarney defeated Billy
Stewart in the final 2&1. Even though
McAlarney had to play twice as
many holes in his morning match than
Stewart, he still had enough golf left get the win. In the morning’s
semifinal matches McAlarney
had to play six extra holes to get by
Rich Steinmetz and Stewart
Shuey 7&6. There were 43 entries
so 21 players received byes in order to create a ladder of 64.
McAlarney, the professional
at the Scott Greens Golf Club, was the 26th seed. First prize was $1,000.
On the fourth Friday of October, Ted Bishop, the president of the PGA of
America was impeached. This all came about due to some remarks he made through
social media. Soon after the Ryder Cup matches Ian Poulter, a member of the
winning European team, came out with a book that disparaged the U.S. captain Tom
Watson and Nick Faldo who had been the captain the last time Europe had lost.
Watson had been Bishop’s choice as Ryder Cup captain. Also it just happened that
Bishop was at the Greenbriar Resort with Faldo when the book came out. Bishop
posted something to the effect that Poulter was acting like a school girl crying
on the playground. Many in the world of golf came down on Bishop. The PGA held a
meeting via a telephone conference call. Bishop had a chance to state his case
and apologize which he did. He was given a chance to resign but he declined to
do so. Bishop was then impeached. Along with that he would not be the honorary
president as immediate past presidents are and could never attend any PGA
tournaments or affairs in an official capacity.
The Philadelphia Section held its fall meeting
at the Wilmington Country Club on the fourth Monday of October. As they
have done many times Clark Luis
opened the meeting by singing our national anthem and
John Carpineta gave the
invocation. Carpineta was the
teaching professional at the Bensalem Township Country Club and a late comer to
the PGA having attained membership at the age of 59. Pete Bevacqua, the PGA of
America’s CEO was the featured speaker. He began his speech by addressing the
impeachment of our national president Ted Bishop. After that he covered various
national topics from the Ryder Cup to the PGA Golf Club at Port St. Lucie,
Florida. One item of importance was the announcement that the Philadelphia
Cricket club would be hosting the PGA Professional National Championship in
2015. The Section’s junior golf program had another good year with 888 juniors
registered. The Section held 72 junior tour events, which was ten more than the
previous year. The Section’s finances were on budget and being enhanced with an
additional $30,000 in ADP money coming from the PGA of America in the next
fiscal year. Even with the purchase of a building for the Section office there
was $497,370 in the Reserve Fund as of the end of August.
David Quinn was the Section’s
"Player of the Year" for a third time and the second year in a row. The
DeBaufre trophy for scoring average was won for a seventh time by
Stu Ingraham with an average
of 70.40. Ingraham also was
the Skee Riegel "Senior Player of the Year" for the eighth time.
2 Term PGA of America Director
Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame 2014
Three Philadelphia Section professionals;
Elio A. "Leo" DeGisi, Charles Edward
"Mike" Swisher and Harry "Jake" Obitz, Jr.
were inducted into the Section’s Hall of Fame
at the Section’s fall meeting.
immigrated to the United States with his family from Italy at the age of six.
When he was twelve he followed his brother
Tony to the Gulph Mills Golf
Club for work as a caddy. Soon he was working for the professional Al Keeping
in the golf shop. At age 16 he was made caddy master and he continued in
that position while attending Temple University, graduating with an MBA in
accounting. After that he worked under
Henry McQuiston at the
Bala Golf Club before becoming the head professional at the Medford Village
Country Club in 1979. He became involved with the Section as a member of the
junior golf committee, serving for eleven years and chairing the committee for
three years. He was elected district director for 1987 and 1988. The next year
he was elected to Section office as the 2nd vice president. After one year in
that office he was the treasurer for two years and then president in 1992 and
1993. With his degree in accounting he brought a new level of expertise to the
Section’s board of directors. In 2002 he began a three-year term as a PGA of
America director representing District II which was comprised of the
Metropolitan, New Jersey and Philadelphia PGA Sections. In 2011 he was elected
to that office again. His six years in that office was more than any
Philadelphia Section member had ever held. He attended 22 national PGA meetings
as a delegate or alternate delegate. In 2004 he became the general manager at
Medford village as well and was still holding both professional and manager at
the time of his induction into the Section’s Hall of Fame. DeGisi was the
Section’s "Junior Golf Leader" in 1987 and the "Golf Professional of the Year"
Golf Professional of the Year-1990
Hall of Fame 2014
Mike Swisher was introduced to golf as a
caddy at the Fairview Golf & Country Club. It wasn't long before he was working
for the professional, Harlan Will. When he graduated from high school he
turned pro and began his professional career at Fairview. Except for one year as
an assistant at Coatesville Country Club and a year under
at Hershey Country Club he spent his entire professional
career in Lebanon where he was born. He spent three years as the assistant at
Lebanon Country Club and 42 years as the head professional. When he became the
head professional at Lebanon he told the board of directors that he was going to
have the best ladies and junior golf programs in the state and he spent the next
42 years doing that. He turned out some of the best young golfers in
Pennsylvania. Stu Ingraham,
Greg Lesher, Blaine Peffley and Jennifer Johnson won
numerous professional tournaments. There was a waiting list to work for
even in the bag storage room. He founded the Lebanon County
Junior Golf Program which grew to a yearly turnout of 250 boys and girls. For 40
years he was a force behind the Central Counties Chapter of the Philadelphia PGA.
He was president for three years, "Golf Professional of the Year" in 1990 and
won the Chapter’s championship in 1973.
was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Sports Hall
of Fame in 1994 and he was the Harrisburg District Golf Association "Man of the
Year" twice. He was always ready to host events for the Section, the Chapter and
various charities. Swisher
was the Philadelphia Section "Junior Golf
Leader" in 1999 and the Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year" in 1985.
Golf Professional of the Year-1955
Hall of Fame-2014
Harry Obitz grew up in California and began his golf career there. In
1941 he arrived in the Philadelphia Section as an assistant to Joe Kirkwood,
Sr. at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club. After two years at Huntingdon
Valley he served three years in the United States Navy for the duration of World
War II. In 1946 he became the professional at the Shawnee Inn & Country Club. At
Shawnee he created a golf show which he named "The Swing is the Thing". Every
weekend he and his assistants put on that show for the guests at Shawnee. The
show was such a hit Obitz and his assistants were invited to perform at
veteran’s hospitals all over the United States. Later the show went around the
world. They were invited to President Eisenhower’s 50th birthday party which was
in Hershey and they performed at the Section’s Spring Golf Show several times,
never taking a fee. Obitz hosted the Philadelphia Section Championship
seven straight years. He may have been the father of the shotgun start as he
found a way to get the golfing guests out on the golf course at almost the same
time on Sunday mornings so they could then have lunch, attend his golf show and
be on their way home. He instructed celebrities like Eisenhower, Jackie Gleason,
Perry Como and Bob Hope. Obitz authored instruction books on golf and for
36 years he wrote instruction articles for Golf Magazine. He created the Bermuda
Good Will Tournament, which is still being played and he designed several golf
courses in Nebraska. A large number of assistants who worked for him became
successful head professionals. In 1955 the PGA of America instituted the "Golf
Professional of the Year" award and Obitz was the Philadelphia Section’s
The PGA Assistant Championship
was played on the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The tournament began on the last Thursday of October and ended on the first
Monday of November. Grant Sturgeon, from the Metropolitan Section, won with a
thirteen under par 275 (71-69-70-65). Kenny Pigman finished second at 282. Brian
Norman (283) was third and Scott Berliner (286) was fourth. First prize from a
purse of $100,000 was $9,000. Billy
Stewart tied for 18th at 292 and won $1,075.
Rusty Harbold tied for 22nd
at 293 and won $950. Tony R. Perla
finished tied for 43rd with a 298 total and won $645.
Josh Rackley posted a 300
total and won $555 for a 53rd place tie.
Kevin Nicholson missed the cut. In the first round
Perla posted a seven under par
65, which was tied for the lead. No one posted a lower round during the
The Senior PGA Professional National Championship
was held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida in the middle of
November. It was played on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses. The New Jersey
Section’s Frank Esposito (64-70-67-71) won by four strokes with a sixteen under
par 272. Steve Schneiter, Rick Schuller and James Mason tied for second at 276.
First prize was $20,000 from a purse of $285,000. The tournament was also
qualifying for the Senior PGA Championship.
Stu Ingraham finished ninth at 281 and won $5,600.
George Forster (287)
tied for 32nd winning $2,000. Ingraham
picked up one of the 35 spots in the Senior PGA Championship.
Forster ended up in a sudden
death playoff for one of the last four spots which he failed to win. He became
the third alternate. John
DiMarco, Brian Kelly, Cleve Coldwater,
Terry Hertzog and Don Allan
missed the cut. They had all qualified for the tournament at the
Philadelphia Section Senior Championship.
The PGA of America’s national meeting
was held in the third week of November in Indianapolis, Indiana at the JW
Marriot Hotel. It was an election year. Derek Sprague who had been the vice
president for two years was elected president without opposition and Paul Levy
moved from secretary to vice president without opposition. History was made when
a female, Suzy Whaley, was elected secretary. It was the first time that a
female had held a national office in the PGA of America. She was elected on the
first ballot when she received 52.63 percent of the votes. The national awards
were presented at an awards dinner.
Scott Nye was honored as the PGA Merchandiser of the Year for private
facilities. The Section’s two living national presidents,
Dick Smith, Sr. and
Jack Connelly were in
attendance. The Section was represented by
John Pillar and Ian
Dalzell along with alternate delegates and its executive directory
Scott Nye grew up in golf. His father was a golf professional and the coach of the College of Wooster (Ohio) golf team. His brother Greg was the golf coach at Penn State University and another brother was a PGA member as well. Nye graduated from the College of Wooster while playing on his father’s golf team. As an assistant he worked at Canoe Brook Golf Club and Caves Valley Golf Club. His first head professional position brought him to the Philadelphia Section as the professional at the Country Club of York in 1989. After eleven years at York he moved to Merion Golf Club as the head professional in 2000. At Merion he managed a 30-person staff and a 950-square foot golf shop. In 2013 Nye and Merion hosted the United States Open. He was the Section’s “Golf Professional of the Year” and the Merchandiser of the Year for private facilities in 2012.
PGA of America
Merchandiser of the Year
The PGA Tour was now ending its season
in September and beginning a new season wraparound season. The leading
money winner was Rory McIlroy with $8,280,096 in 17 events.
Jim Furyk had another great
year as he was third on the money list with earnings of $5,987,395. He entered
21 tournaments and made the cut in all 21.
Jason Bohn finished 65th on the money list with winnings of
$1,585,189 in 15 tournaments. Sean
O’Hair had a second consecutive down year. He won $408,793 in 25
tournaments. That left him in 159th place and needing to play the final four
tournaments of the Web.com Tour in order to hang onto his PGA Tour exemption. A
tie for third at Las Vegas which earned
O’Hair a check for $58,000 kept him on the PGA Tour for another year.
He was again one of those players with status outside the all-exempt top 125.
His position was 156.. McIlroy was the PGA "Player of the Year" and the winner
of the Vardon Trophy for scoring average. He averaged 68.82 strokes a round for
his 66 rounds on the PGA Tour.
Bernhard Langer led the PGA Senior Tour money list
with $3,074,189 in 21 tournaments.
Joe Daley won $300,903 in 20 events. That left him in 54th place
on the money list and meant that he had to return to qualifying school in order
to regain his playing privileges.
Adam Hadwin was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour’s Developmental Tour
which was now called the Web.com tour. He won $529,792 in 21 tournaments.
Vince Covello played in one tournament and won $1,620.
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