The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, staff, and the Kirkwood Family congratulate Brian Bergstol, Shawnee’s Assistant Professional, for his most recent accomplishment of winning the 101st Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship. Everyone at Shawnee is proud of your accomplishments.
Brian has been a member of the Shawnee Family since his time at Bangor High School. Shawnee was his home course throughout high school. Brian’s accomplishments are highlighted by the success he has had over the years in offering professional instruction to scholastic athletes, many of whom went on to become Pennsylvania State Champions.
Date Posted: 9/1/2022 Courtesy of Philadelphia.PGA.com.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s Head Class A PGA Teaching Professional, Brian Bergstol, won 101st Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at DuPont Country Club and Concord Country Club. Brian will compete in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship, April 30 – May 3, at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Pueblo Golf Clubs in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico where he will have a chance to earn an invitation to compete in the 2023 PGA Championship at Oklahoma’s Southern Hills Country Club.
Bergstol made five birdies and three bogies in his final round at DuPont Country Club on Wednesday, finishing with rounds of 66-69-69–204, topping the leaderboard at 9-under-par for a two-stroke victory over Braden Shattuck, PGA, of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
“It was stressful out there today,” Bergstol said of his final round. “I’m glad it’s over, but I’m very happy to be walking away with the [William B. Packer} Trophy.”
Bergstol’s assessment of the final round was accurate, as there were many lead changes, particularly on the final nine holes. At one point, the 36-hole leader, Zac Oakley, PGA, of Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Delaware, reached 10-under-par, and was five strokes clear of Bergstol. However, the eventual champion remained patient, made two quick birdies on hole Nos. 8 and 9, and holed out for a par four on No. 10, after having to take a stroke-and-distance penalty from the tee following his first drive.
“That’s when things started to change,” Bergstol continued.
Although he made one last bogey on No. 11 to fall one behind Oakley, he quickly followed with birdies on Nos. 13, 15, and 18, the last one to clinch his victory.
Bergstol went on to thank his wife Megan, and children Brendan and Beau, in addition to Shawnee, TaylorMade Golf, TravisMathew, and his fellow PGA Members.
“I really want to thank the other PGA Professionals out here,” he said. “They helped me get across the finish line to earn my PGA Membership, which allowed me to be eligible for this championship.”
Bergstol was elected to PGA Membership on August 1 of this year.