Applebrook Golf Club head pro Dave McNabb has seen the bright lights of the PGA Championship, earning a trip to that major stage through the PGA Professional National Championship in 2013 and 2014.
Some of that experience probably paid off Tuesday as he closed out a 5-under 67 at Sunnybrook Golf Club to grab the richest prize available to a club pro in a one-day tournament anywhere in the country, the $100,000 that goes to the winner of the Haverford Trust Philadelphia PGA Classic.
McNabb’s round on a sun-splashed day at the 6,893-yard, par-72 Sunnybrook layout gave him the victory in the 20th edition of an event sponsored by the Haverford Trust Company, which also sponsors the Philadelphia Section PGA throughout its season through the Player of the Year points race.
McNabb finished two shots ahead of Whitford Country Club assistant pro Andrew Turner, who carded a 3-under 69. Turner was the qualifying medalist in a local U.S. Open qualifier at Lebanon Country Club and will tee it up in a bid to make the field at Oakmont Country Club in a sectional qualifier Monday.
Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter was alone in third place with a 2-under 70. The only other sub-par rounds of the day were by Bill Walker of Riverton Country Club and Jakob Gerney of Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia, as they finished tied for fourth at 1-under 71.
Five players – John Appelget of Wildwood Golf & Country Club, Eric Kennedy, the head pro at Overbrook Golf Club, Corey McAlarney of host Sunnybrook, Michael Little of Lookaway Golf Club and Steve Swartz of the Country Club of Harrisburg – finished tied for sixth at even-par 72.
Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square, had a 79 at Sunnybrook, but might have been feeling the after-effects of a long weekend at the Senior PGA Championship at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
It was a long weekend because Ingraham made the cut on the number at even-par 142 in the Champions Tour major. Ingraham had weekend rounds of 75 and 72 to finish in a tie for 68th at 5-over 289.