Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square, fired a 4-under-par 66 at St. Davids Golf Club in Tredyffrin Tuesday to capture the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship with a 36-hole total of 4-under 136.
Carding the day’s best round, Ingraham overtook opening-round leader Jack Brennan of Mountain View Country Club, who finished two shots back of Ingraham at 2-under 138 after a second straight 69 over the par-70 Donald Ross design. Ingraham opened with an even-par 70 Monday and trailed Brennan by a shot.
Ingraham will lead a contingent of nine Philadelphia Section PGA pros who earned a trip to the Senior PGA Professional Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, which will be held at Nov. 17 to 20 at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The top 35 finishers at the Senior PGA Professional Championship will qualify for the Senior PGA Championship, presented by KitchenAid, a Champions Tour major that will be held next May at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
Ingraham made it through the Senior PGA Professional Championship last year to this year’s Senior PGA Championship and made the cut, finishing in a tie for 68th at 5-over 289 at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club and Bill Sautter of Philadelphia Cricket Club both matched par with 70s at St. Davids Tuesday to finish in a tie for third at 1-over 141.
Four more players finished in a tie for fifth at 2-over 142, including Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George Forster, who also had an even-par 70 Tuesday. It marks the 11th straight year that Forster has earned a trip to the Senior PGA Professional Championship.
John Allen, an assistant pro at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, broke par at St. Davids with a 1-under 69 that enabled him to join the group at 2-over 142. Also at 2-over were John Appleget of Wildwood Golf & Country Club, who had an even-par 70, and Terry Hertzog of the Country Club of York, who had his second straight 1-over 71.
Grabbing the ninth and final berth to the Senior PGA Professional Championship was Applebrook Golf Club head pro Dave McNabb, who added a 71 to his opening-round 72 for a 143 total.
Like Ingraham, Kelly and Forster qualified for the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores out of the Senior PGA Professional Championship, a testament to the depth of senior talent in the Philadelphia Section.
The alternates, in order, for the Senior PGA Professional Championship are Rick Flesher of Applebrook and Jack Connelly of North Hills Country Club, both of whom finished at 3-over 143, Dave Quinn of The Links Golf Club and Don Allan of Burlington Country Club, both of whom were at 4-over 144, and Bob Lennon of Wilmington Country Club, who was at 6-over 146. Connelly is a past president of the PGA of America.