This should have made the Golf Notebook in the July 28 Daily
Times print product, but it was a bare-bones, just-the-results sort of notebook
owing to my being on vacation, except, of course, for the U.S. Amateur
qualifying July 22, which I couldn’t possibly miss since it was at Radnor
Valley Country Club and Overbrook Golf Club, and which didn’t disappoint a
With the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club near
Rochester, N.Y. approaching next week, CBS aired “The Road to the PGA Championship”
Sunday. The show will be rebroadcast on Golf Channel Wednesday, July 31 from 9
to 10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 from midnight to 1 a.m. and Monday, Aug. 5 from 9
to 10 a.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m.
I mention this because one of players in the field featured
in the program is Merion Golf Club head of instruction Mark Sheftic.
Sheftic qualified for the field by being one of the top 20
finishers at last month’s PGA Professional National Championship at the
Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. I like to refer to the event by its
traditional shorthand name, the National Club Pro.
It is the third time that Sheftic, a 39-year-old Blue Bell
resident, has taken this route to the PGA, the final major each year. Sheftic
comes from a golf family as his dad is a longtime club pro in the York area. According
to a press release from the PGA of America regarding “The Road to the PGA
Championship,” Sheftic and his family have dealt with life-threatening health
issues regarding their infant daughter Taylor.