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Shawnee’s 1st Since Sam Snead to Play U.S. Open
Tuesday, June 2, 2008 (Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania) — The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort recently sponsored Brian Bergstol to be the resort's touring professional golfer. Bergstol, of Mt. Bethel, PA, will be departing to take place in the 2008 U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego California. Brian is the first Shawnee professional since Sam Snead to play in the U.S. Open.
Bergstrol finished the 36-hole qualifier at 3-under par, rising from a group of 28 players to earn the second of two qualifying spots. Brian clenched the spot in his first attempt. Finishing the day in three under par, Bergstol shot 71-68 during the sectional qualifier.
Brian, 23, recently graduated from Moravian College where he majored in economics and finance. In addition to academics, he also led Moravian's golf team in points four years in a row earning the title of captain both his junior and senior years.
Though his college career may seem stunning, last year alone Bergstol claimed over 16 different tournament wins including the Lehigh Valley Amateur Championships, where he won five of six tournaments setting club records in four.
Brian began playing golf later than most of his colleagues. At age 15 he was competing against golfers that were more experienced than him. Unlike Bergstol who taught himself golf, many of his competitors also took lessons and were coached by local golf professionals.
The Shawnee Inn was his high school's course, and it is also where he formed a relationship with the resort. Since then, Brian has been working in the golf shop giving lessons and sharpening his own game. With his handicap of five better than scratch it is obvious that the work is paying off.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is proud of Brian's success and passion for the game, which revives the resort's legendary golfing tradition, and wish him the best of luck at the U.S. Open. To interview Brian call The Shawnee Inn Golf Shop at: (570)424-4000 ext. 1480 or visit www.shawneeinn.com.
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List of Accolades
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.
Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation
The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager
The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business