Was busy caddying for Penn Charter’s Brian Isztwan in the Christman Cup at Stonewall’s North Course the last couple of days, but I fully intend to catch up on everything, including Owen J. Roberts product Maddie Sager earning a ticket to the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Brewer Cup, the great Nathan Smith’s fifth Jay Sigel Match Play victory, the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Match-Play Championship and a caddy’s-eye view of the Christman Cup. But first …
Merion Golf Club assistant pro Robby Bruns made a pretty good run at making a PGA Championship appearance when he finished tied for 31st in the PGA Professional Championship when it was stated at Philadelphia Cricket Club in 2015.
He’s been a little quiet on the Philadelphia Section PGA scene since, at least until Monday when the 27-year-old Iowan set the competitive course record at Huntingdon Valley Country Club to claim the title in the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic, the section’s eighth Omega Player of the Year Points event, presented by Haverford Trust Company.
Bruns fashioned a brilliant 6-under-par 64 over the classic William Flynn design to finish two shots ahead of John Pillar, the director of golf at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs who was coming off an appearance in the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.
Bruns started at the 10th and made three birdies against a bogey on the back nine to make the turn at 2-under with a 33. But that was just the beginning. He ripped off six birdies on the front nine, finishing the round with birdies on six, seven eight and nine.
“I came into today’s round with a good state of mind and, after a great warmup session, my confidence was really high,” Bruns told the Philadelphia Section PGA website. “I hit it solidly all day and my group helped to keep me relaxed as we made our way around the course. It honestly felt like I was playing with friends, which definitely contributed to my score.”
Gulph Mills assistant pro Jordan Gibbs, the reigning Philadelphia Section PGA champion, led a group of five players tied for third at 1-under 69. Joining him at the figure were Overbrook Golf Club head pro Eric Kennedy, Zac Oakley of Heritage Shores Golf Club, Curtis Kirkpatrick of Indians Springs Golf Club and Kevin Kraft of the Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center.
Applebrook Golf Club head pro Dave McNabb, who has had a spectacular summer with a runnerup finish in the PGA Professional Championship and a trip to the U.S. Senior Open, led a group of four players tied for eighth at even-par 70.
Joining McNabb in that group were John Bierkan, the head of instruction at Aronimink Golf Club, Shawn Matthews from the Huntingdon Valley pro shop, and Chris Krueger of Kings Creek Country Club.
Stu Ingraham, the head of instruction at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square who played the weekend at the U.S. Senior Open and finished tied for 49th, was one of eight players who finished tied for 12th at 1-over 71.
The Huntingdon Valley pro shop was represented in that group by John Allen and Trevor Bensel. Also coming in at 1-over 71 were Radley Run Country Club’s Brett Melton, Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club, Andy Watters of Talamore Country Club, Michael Tobiason of Deerfield, Alex Knoll of Bethlehem Golf Club’s Monacacy Course and Overbrook assistant pro Pat Butkus.
It was appropriate to see some good play from the guys who played at the U.S. Senior Open in a tournament named for the legendary William Hyndman III. A Huntingdon Valley member, Hyndman played in 50 United States Golf Association championships, winning two U.S. Senior Amateur championships and representing the United States in the Walker Cup Match five times.