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PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Second Annual Pro-Am Championship Raises Over $50,000

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (August 3, 2021) — On Monday, July 26, PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) chairitable arm, raised over $50,000 from its second annual pro-am championship at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del., which featured a sold-out field of 152 players.

PGA REACH Philadelphia launched the annual event in 2020 to help support its Youth, Military, and Diversity programming, and to spread the word about its mission to positively impact lives though the game of golf.

“We are thrilled that our second pro-am championship was such a success,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Leila Mackie, PGA.”The support shown by our partners and players is very encouraging for our future. Following a challenging year in 2020, it is wonderful to see that we will continue to make a real impact on individuals and families within our community through our youth, military, and diversity programs.”

The 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship’s Premier Partner is the Union League of Philadelphia. Its Presenting Partners are Scott & Karen Hutchinson, Lincoln Motor Company, and Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, and is supported by American Floors Inc., Deal of the Day Inc., Golf Genius Software, Ohana Farm LLC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Trinity Flavors, William E. Howe & Co., Workhorse Brewing Co., Visit Delco, Pa., Corkcicle, Bridgestone Golf, and Maui Jim.

“As our nation continues to open back up and get back to normal, it is wonderful to see such a strong showing at our second annual pro-am,” said Philadelphia PGA Section Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA. “The people who participated in this pro-am believe in PGA REACH Philadelphia and our mission.”

PGA REACH Philadelphia offers several programs to support local youth, veterans, and diverse golfers, including PGA Jr. LeagueGolf in SchoolsPGA HOPE Philadelphia (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship, and Diversity Scholars Mentor Program.

On a warm summer day, Bidermann G.C.’s superb Dick Wilson layout received rave reviews from the participants. The Springhaven Club’s Ben Debski, PGA, led his team of amateur partners, Tim Dormer, Steve Conron Sr., and Steve Conron Jr. finished at 15-under-par, with a team score of 57 in the one net best ball format. Finishing one stroke behind was Wilmington C.C.’s Bob Lennon, PGA, Alan Majewski, John Urbanski, and Rich Brezski. To view the full 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship leaderboard, click here.

After competing in the event, PGA REACH Philadelphia Trustee Level Donors Scott and Karen Hutchinson presented the foundation’s board and staff with an additional donation of $10,000. The foundation thanks Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson for their continued emphatic support of our mission and programs. 

A portion of the money raised during the pro-am came from our online auction. As a bonus item, there is still time to bid on a yearlong Dormie Network membership. To bid, click here.

PGA REACH Philadelphia is already planning next year’s pro-am, which will take place at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on October 11, 2022.

PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section, and its PGA Professionals, thank our partners, Boards of Directors, subcommittees, Bidermann G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our PGA HOPE Philadelphia and Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship volunteers, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view photos from the 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship, click here. To learn more about PGA REACH Philadelphia, next year’s pro-am, how you can support our mission, and to donate, visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com.

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 
PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity. 

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

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