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31st Annual Burlington Classic Pro Am
Westampton, N.J. – On Monday, June 6, the second round of the 31st Burlington Classic was held at Burlington Country Club. This annual event brings together the Section’s top PGA Professionals as well as amateur players from Burlington Country Club. The first day of the tournament is a Pro-Am pairing three members of Burlington CC with two PGA Professionals. The Professionals, along with the top two or three amateurs, then return on day two to complete the 36-hole Individual event.
“The Burlington Classic is a great celebration of the club, its membership and the PGA Professionals of the Philadelphia Section”, said John Hanuscin, Burlington Classic Tournament Chairman.
After an opening round 6-under-par (64), Chris Krueger (Kings Creek CC) held a slim one shot lead over the rest of the field. However, with a number of competitors within striking distance the tournament would not be decided until the final putt was sunk. Adding even more drama to the tournament came as the pro-am had an hour storm delay with seven teams yet to finish their round. As luck would have it play was finished before dark and the second round stage was set.
Krueger couldn’t seem to get anything going on the front nine and only managed to shoot even par with one birdie and one bogey while Mark Sheftic (Merion GC), who started the day two shots behind, managed 3 birdies with no bogies to take the lead by a shot.
As the leaders made their way around the back nine, Sheftic clung to the one shot lead as fewer and fewer holes were left to play. Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) tried to join the party getting it to 5-under but doubled the last hole to finish out of contention.
When the final shot was holed, Sheftic had not only held onto the lead but widened it to three shots when Krueger stumbled on the 17th hole posting his second bogey on the back nine.
Sheftic credited his good putting for the win, adding that the course was in perfect condition and with the National PPC coming up he was just trying to get in contention here to test his nerves for the big event to come at the end of June.
Congratulations to amateur T J Brennan who was awarded the Marotto Medal as the tournament’s low amateur. With a 36-hole total of 17-over-par (157), Brennan tied Travis Mazurek but managed a par on the second play-off hole to win the coveted amateur title.
The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Burlington Country Club as well as tournament sponsors Taylormade, Adidas golf. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the National Car Rental AC Team Stableford Championship at Hidden Creek on Thursday, June 9.