Stu Ingraham is taking a hot putter to the PGA Professional Championship, which gets under way Sunday at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
One day removed from what he called one of the best putting days of his life, earning him a trip to the U.S. Senior Open, the flat stick again came up big for Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square.
Ingraham found himself in a playoff with Gulph Mills Golf Club assistant pro Jordan Gibbs in the Philadelphia Section PGA’s Jack Jolly/Golf Pride Championship Tuesday at Spring-Ford Country Club after each posted a 3-under 69.
Both players reached the putting surface on the par-4 playoff hole in two, but Ingraham buried his 13-foot birdie putt while Gibbs could not convert his 10-foot birdie try and the title in the Section’s seventh Omega Player of the Year presented by Haverford Trust points event of the season went to Ingraham.
Gibbs went out early and posted his 3-under total over the 6,580-yard, par-72 Spring-Ford layout. But the 57-year-old Ingraham finally caught Gibbs late in day, making birdies on 16 and 18 coming home to match Gibbs’ 3-under total.
Ingraham was the runnerup to Gibbs in the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship as summer was giving way to fall last year at Philadelphia Cricket Club to earn the trip to the PGA Professional Championship. The top 20 finishers in Sunriver qualify for the PGA Championship at The Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Ingraham has taken that route to the PGA Tour’s last major of the year six times in his career. At his age, it would seem to be a long shot for Ingraham to make it to the PGA, but the way he’s playing right now, anything seems possible.
Brett Melton of Radley Run Country Club and Michael Tobiason of Deerfield Golf Club each carded a 2-under 70 to share third.
Joe Kogelman of GolfTEC-Moorestown and Dave Quinn of Philmont Country Club finished tied for fifth at 1-under 71. Kogelman’s round was highlighted by his first career tournament hole-in-one. Kogelman’s 8-iron shot at the 170-yard 14th hole found the bottom of the cup.
Dave Fields of Brookside Country Club in Macungie and Zac Oakley of Heritage Shores Golf Club shared seventh place at even-par 72.
It was a very crowded group of eight players tied for ninth at 1-over 73 led by Rich Steinmetz, the head pro at tournament host Spring-Ford.
The other players tied for ninth were: Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George Forster; Greg Mathis of Tavistock Country Club; Mark Anderson of Philadelphia Cricket Club; Dave Pagett of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club; Don Allan of Burlington Country Club; Terry Hertzog, the head pro at the Country Club of York; and Jeff Haas of Golf Cart Services, Ind.
Gibbs won the top spot in the Philadelphia Assistant’s Organization’s simultaneous competition. And Ingraham also won the senior division with Quinn the runnerup in that competition.