23RD ANNUAL HAVERFORD PHILADELPHIA PGA CLASSIC RETURNS TO SUNNYBROOK GOLF CLUB ON MAY 28TH WITH NATION’S LARGEST FIRST PLACE PRIZE FOR ANY PGA SECTION MEMBER TOURNAMENT
$100,000 Winner’s Check on the Line as Defending Champion, Mark Parson, Returns to Take on 137 Philadelphia Section PGA Professionals at Haverford Trust-Sponsored Event
RADNOR, PA – MAY 9, 2019 – With the largest first-place prize available from any event across the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide sections, the 23rd Annual Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic returns to Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, PA, on May 28. 138 PGA Professionals will vie for the $100,000 first-place prize money, won in 2018 by Mark Parson, PGA Professional at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
“Thanks to Mr. Connell and Haverford Trust, our members in the Philadelphia PGA are presented an opportunity that is unprecedented, which makes this tournament so special,” said Geoff Surrette, Executive Director, Philadelphia Section PGA. “With a $100,000 first place prize, they are getting a tour-like experience and that’s pretty cool.”
“We recognize the valuable role PGA Professionals play in growing and managing the game and business of golf, and we appreciate their passion for a sport played by tens of millions of men, women and children of all ages,” said Joe McLaughlin, Chairman & CEO of Haverford Trust. “Many club professionals work tirelessly, six to seven days every week, and this is our opportunity to say thank you. Our entire team at Haverford Trust is thrilled to again sponsor this event and honor the positive impact PGA members have on the game of golf throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region.”
Last year’s tournament saw PGA Professional Mark Parson best a field of 150 players, made up of 138 professionals and 12 amateurs. Parson finished at 5-under par with an overall score of 67. Close behind were Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Corey McAlarney of Squires Golf Club and Brett Melton of Radley Run Country Club, who all finished at 3-under par with a score of 69.
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Haverford Trust Company Founder & Director, George Connell (left), and Chairman & CEO, Joe McLaughlin (right), present the 22nd Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic winner’s trophy, and $100,000 first-place check, to PGA Professional Mark Parson (center) of Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Parson bested a field of 150 players (138 professionals and 12 amateurs) at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, PA on May 29th at the annual Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic, which is held on its traditional Tuesday after Memorial Day, and offers the largest first place check of any Sectional event in the country…$100,000.
Tournament Name – The Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic
Sponsor – The Haverford Trust Company
Venue – Sunnybrook Golf Club – Plymouth Meeting, Pa / Yardage – 6,893 Par 72
Host Professional – Mr. Andrew Turner, PGA
*Turner was the 2017 Champion, finishing 4 under par with a score of 68
Total Purse – $117,600 / 1st Place Prize – $100,000
2018 Champion– Mark Parson (Harbor Pines GC) Score– 5 under par (67)
2018 Runners Up– Brian Bergstol(Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort), Corey McAlarney (Squires Golf Club) and Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) … Score– 3 under par (69)
Field – 150 (138 Professionals / 12 Amateurs)
PAST CHAMPIONS IN FIELD:
Dave Quinn, PGA – 2001, 2005 Billy Stewart – 2013
Dave Roberts, PGA – 2002 Rusty Harbold, PGA – 2014
George Forster, PGA – 2008 Dave McNabb, PGA – 2016
Hugh Reilly, PGA – 2011 Andrew Tuner, PGA – 2017
Scott Reilly, PGA – 2012
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About The Philadelphia Section PGA
The Philadelphia Section PGA (PPGA) is one of 41 geographical sections of The PGA of America. Composed of PGA Professionals who serve as the “Experts in the Game & Business of Golf,” the PPGA encompasses Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland. Since the 1920s, the PPGA has been the voice and face of golf throughout the region backed by over 850 PGA Professionals and Apprentices who promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf, and who are at the forefront of programming/events at more than 300 public and private golf facilities, including some of the country’s most acclaimed golf courses. PPGA members collectively impact over 2 million rounds of golf annually, encompassing over 100,000 club members, hundreds of thousands of public course golfers, business leaders and one of the country’s strongest stable of junior golfers. The PPGA is further complemented by its charitable arm, the Philadelphia Foundation, which was created to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf. For more information about the Philadelphia Section PGA, visit www.philadelphia.pga.com.
Haverford, comprised of The Haverford Trust Company and Haverford Financial Services, provides equity and fixed income wealth management, trust and estate administration, banking services, financial planning, solutions for nonprofits, and retirement plan services. Founded in Philadelphia in 1979, the Company has over $8.5 billion in assets under management or consultation as of 3/31/2019. The Haverford Quality Investing®philosophy is committed to maximizing returns while minimizing risk throughout the entire market cycle. Quality Investing focuses solely on “A” rated equities that deliver consistent earnings and dividend growth, and investment grade fixed income securities that seek to protect both principal and income, over the long term. The company is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.HaverfordQuality.com.
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