Pennhills Club to Host Pro Am Qualifier for PGA Pros

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – April 1, 2016 – The Blaisdell Pro-Am – the premier Class ‘A’ PGA Club Professional Pro-Am in the nation – is celebrating its third year at The Pennhills Club in Bradford, PA.

On July 24, a one day 18 hole qualifier for up to 144 professionals will be played. The top 28 players will participate in the following day Pro-Am. On July 25, the largest PGA Club Professional one day Pro-Am shootout in the country will be held and is sponsored by Zippo. The tournament will award the first place PGA Club Professional with a $50,000 grand prize; a total of $100,000 in cash prizes will be played for.

Registration is open to all Class ‘A’ PGA Club Professionals and begins May 1 at

On Sunday, July 24, up to 144 PGA club professionals will participate in a 18 hole stroke play qualifier. The top 28 scores will qualify for the 2016 Blaisdell Pro-Am, to be held the following day. Tee times will begin at 7:00 AM for the qualifier. Professional entry is $300. All eligible golf professional entries will be reviewed by tournament committee before being selected to qualify.

At approximately 7:30 pm Sunday evening, a draft party will be held to determine the field for the following day. Pros will be selected at random and placed with their amateur team. If inclement weather affects the play-in round, a qualifier lottery will be enforced.

Sponsored by Zippo – the iconic American company based in Bradford – in memory of company founder George G. Blaisdell, the Blaisdell Pro-Am brings together PGA pros and amateurs from across the country. The tournament is part of the annual schedule for the Western New York Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Founded in December 1937 following the merger of the North Penn Club and the Bradford Country Club, the Pennhills Club was designed by two of the top names of the day. The 18-hole course was designed by amateur golfer, golf writer and course architect, Walter Travis – known for his award-winning courses at Garden City Golf Club in Garden City, NY, and Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, VT. The club’s brick and slate Tudor-style clubhouse was designed by American architect Clifford C. Wendehack, who also designed the elite Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY.

In the past, the club has hosted notable golfers such as Bob Eastman, Marty Fleckman, Gibby Gilbert, Rocky Thompson, J.C. Goosie, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazan. In 1980, MLB Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio visited the club for the Zippo Open.

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