Brian Bergstol, a pro at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, captured the Philadelphia Section PGA’s Burlington Classic Pro-Am with a final-round 68 Monday at Burlington Country Club in Westampton, N.J.
Bergstol fired a 7-under-par 63 in Sunday’s opening round, but that was only the third best round of the day. Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Trevor Bensel carded a spectacular 9-under 61 and Terry Hertzog, the head pro at The Country Club of York, was another shot back with an 8-under 62.
But Bergstol kept the momentum of that opening round a little better in Monday’s second round to finish with a 9-under 131 total that was three shots clear of the field. It was Bergstol’s first Philadelphia Section victory.
Bergstol had four birdies against two bogeys on the front nine of his final round to make the turn at 9-under for the tournament. He navigated the inward nine, which exacted a toll on some in the field, in even-par to finish off his 2-under 68.
Radley Run Country Club’s Brett Melton and Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square, finished in a tie for second at 6-under 134. Melton added a 2-under 68 to his opening-round 66.
Ingraham closed with a rush, making birdies on five of the last six holes, for a final-round 66. He also took low-senior honors in the always competitive Philadelphia Section senior division.
Hertzog fell back with a 3-over 73 in Monday’s second round to finish alone in fourth place at 5-under 135.
Billy Stewart of the ACE Club had rounds of 67 and 69 to get a share of fifth place with Gulph Mills Golf Club assistant pro Jordan Gibbs at 4-under 136. Stewart is rounding back into form after missing much of the 2016 season. Pretty sure it was shoulder surgery for the winner of the 2015 Pennsylvania Open at Rolling Green Golf Club, but I’m not positive.
Gibbs, an impressive winner of the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club last year, added a 71 to his opening-round 65.
Bensel struggled down the stretch and settled for a 76 to go with that 61 and finished tied for seventh at 3-under 137 in his first appearance in a Philadelphia Section event in 2017.
He was joined at that figure by Chris Krueger of Kings Creek Country Club who added a 1-under 69 to his opening-round 68.
Travis Mazurek, with a 158 total, earned the Marotto Medal that goes to the low amateur. The medal is named in memory of Ron Marotto, a Burlington member who was a driving force in putting on the Burlington Classic Pro-Am over the years. This was the 32nd edition of the tournament.