Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in
Newtown Square, made the cut on the number at even-par 142 at the Senior PGA
Championship Friday at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
It appeared Ingraham was one of the nine club pros who
advanced to the Senior PGA out of the Senior Professional National Championship
in California last fall to survive the cut at the Champions Tour major.
Ingraham opened up with a solid 3-under 68 round Thursday
and came back with a 3-over 74 Friday to finish 36 holes at even par.
The club pro contingent at Harbor Shores was led by John Dal
Corobbo, an assistant pro at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis and the winner
of the Senior Club Pro at Bayonet and Black Horse.
Dal Corobbo got some face time on The Golf Channel broadcast
when he completed his opening round by holing out from the fairway for an eagle
that gave him a 6-under 65. He added a 2-under 69 and is tied for third at
Rocco Mediate, the foil for Tiger Woods when Woods won the
last of his 14 major professional championships in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey
Pines, is setting a sizzling pace at Harbor Shores with rounds of 62 and 66 for
a 14-under 128 total.
J.R. Roth, a pro at San Juan Country Club in Farmington,
N.M., is a shot back of Dal Corobbo with a pair of 67s and an 8-under 134
The rest of the Philadelphia Section PGA contingent failed
to make the cut at Harbor Shores. Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George
Forster, competing in his 11th career Champions Tour major, had
rounds of 76 and 72 for a 5-over 147 total. Brian Kelly, the head pro at
Bucknell Golf Club, had rounds of 76 and 82 for a 158 total.
Gene Fieger, who once dominated the Philadelphia Section as
an assistant pro at Overbrook Golf Club and now works at The Club at Pelican
Bay in Naples, Fla., had rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 total.
The Philadelphia Section pros teed it up Monday in the
Laurel Creek Classic at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J.
Mike Furey of Mahoning Valley Country Club played in the
next-to-last group and had to wait out an hour-plus weather delay before
completing a 5-under 66 that gave him the title. Furey had six birdies and one
bogey to finish two shots clear of the field.
John Appleget of Wildwood Golf & Country Club and
University of Pennsylvania head coach Bob Heintz shared second place, each
carding a 3-under 68.
Finishing in a tie for fourth at 2-under 69 were: Bill
Walker of Riverton Country Club; Corey McAlarney of Sunnybrook Golf Club; Greg
Matthias of Tavistock Country Club; and Alex Knoll of Bethlehem Golf Club’s
Two players out of the Aronimink Golf Club pro shop – Sam
Ambrose and Carson Solien – were part of a group of six who finished tied for
eighth at 1-under 70. Also in that group were: Andrew Turner of Whitford
Country Club; Bob Lennon of Wilmington Country Club; David Morano of Hidden
Creek Golf Club; and Chris Gray of Wild Quail Golf & Country Club.
Radnor Valley’s Forster, in his last tuneup before heading
to Harbor Shores, finished alone in 14th place with an even-par 71.
Appleget led the senior division, followed by Lennon and
Wednesday, the Section pros teed it up in the Oakley Skull Cup
Pro-Am at Galloway National Golf Club in Absecon, N.J. and Indian Springs Golf
Club pro Curtis Kirkpatrick and his amateur partner Harold Morgan emerged with
the win with a better-ball total of 9-under 62.
Kirkpatrick and Morgan offset two bogeys with nine birdies
and an eagle.
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Ron Pine and Chuck Lynch finished
second, a shot back of Kirkpatrick and Morgan at 8-under 63.
It was a good day for the Indian Springs pro shop as another
of the club’s pros, Bob Hennfer, teamed with Matt Jugan to finish in a tie for
third with Links Golf Club pro Dave Quinn and Ed Quinn at 7-under 64.
Nick Gorman of GolfTEC Moorestown and Chris Schukay and Mark
Matricardi of Philadelphia Cricket Club and John Matson finished in a tie for
fifth at 6-under 65.