June 1, 2016
The best club professionals in the area will compete for the largest first-place check for a one-day event of any PGA of America section in the country Tuesday when the Haverford Trust Philadelphia PGA Classic is played at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting. First place is worth $100,000. The field of 138 professionals includes seven past champions, including two-time winner Dave Quinn of Links Golf Club. Also competing is Jamie Komancheck of RiverCrest Golf Cub and Preserve, who lost in a playoff for the big prize to Josh Rackley of Gulph Mills last year.
September 27, 2015 |
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, trucks began deploying along the region's major highways, clearing them of cars in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit. A fleet of 40 trucks was to head out on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76): east from Gulph Mills to the Blue Route (I-476), at which point traffic was blocked to I-95, and west from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 North. The trucks were equipped with arrows at their backs to direct any remaining cars on the road to the far-right lane as they slowly sweep along the highway.
September 11, 2015 |
With two weeks to go before Pope Francis' arrival, suburban towns have been finalizing street closures and gearing up for anything - or nothing - that may happen over that weekend. Radnor Township officials held three community meetings Wednesday to bring residents, businesses, schools, and extended-care facilities up to date on road closures, security, and other general considerations. SEPTA has sold slightly more than half of its 20,000 tickets for the Radnor station for that weekend, according to SEPTA figures.
July 24, 2015 |
After suffering the equivalent of a golf nightmare two days earlier in U.S. Amateur qualifying, Brandon Matthews put the horror behind him Wednesday at Philadelphia Cricket Club and won the Philadelphia Open for the second time in three years. Matthews, 20, who will be a senior at Temple in September, fired a 4-under-par 66 in the morning at the club's Wissahickon course and followed it up with a 71 in the afternoon for a 137 total and a 2-stroke victory in the 111th playing of the championship conducted by the Golf Association of Philadelphia.
September 20, 2014 |
It took some extra work for George Forster, but he found his way into the Philadelphia Section PGA record books on Thursday. Forster, the head pro at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Stu Ingraham and capture the Philadelphia PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown. With the victory, at age 58, Forster became the oldest player ever to win the section's premier event, beating out Marty Furgol, who won in 1970 at 54. He also did it 15 years after his previous section championship.
July 30, 2014 |
Nelson Hargrove of Gulph Mills Golf Club shot a 3-under-par 68 Monday to take a 1-shot lead in the 101st Pennsylvania Amateur Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Allegheny County. Tied for second at 69 were Joseph Fabrizio Jr. (Aronimink), Thomas Steve (Valley Brook), and Arnie Cutrell (Greensburg). Kyle Sterbinsky (Yardley) and Matthew Mattare (Saucon Valley) were at 1-under 70. Defending champion Chris Ault of Yardley was in a three-way tie for 14th at 73. Mid-Amateur Qualifier Kyle Davis shot a 3-under 69 to earn medalist honors in a qualifier for the U.S. Mid-Amateur administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, his home course.
July 25, 2014 |
The man accused of breaking into a Gulph Mills home this week, tying up a woman, and then forcing her fiance to get him money from an ATM has confessed to that and another burglary in Upper Merion Township, Police Chief Thomas Nolan said. Keith Darrin Morrison, 24, of Philadelphia, allegedly broke into a Holstein Road home around 8 a.m. Tuesday after taking a SEPTA train to the neighborhood and walking to a house. Inside, he was confronted by the man who owned the home, police said.
July 18, 2014 |
Defending champion Emily Gimpel of Whitemarsh Valley advanced to the semifinals of the Philadelphia Women's Match Play Championship with a victory Thursday at Wilmington Country Club. Gimpel, the No. 1 seed, just completed her college career at Maryland. She defeated Pam Brown of Wilmington, 5 and 4. Fifth-seeded Kerry Rutan of the Philadelphia Cricket Club posted a 6-and-4 victory over Merion's Liz Haines and will meet Gimpel in a rematch of last year's finalists. Seven-time champion Meghan Stasi, the No. 2 seed, advanced with a 3-and-2 victory over Alexandra Frazier of Gulph Mills.
January 16, 2014 |
Mary C. Block, 80, of Gulph Mills, a homemaker and later an executive secretary and District Court clerk, died Friday, Jan. 10, of respiratory failure at Paoli Hospital. At age 44, Mrs. Block experienced a daunting family tragedy, but it never extinguished her zeal for life, said her son, Radnor Township Police Lt. Andy Block. Born in the coal region, in Mahanoy City, Pa., she graduated from Mahanoy City High School. She moved to Philadelphia and began working as a secretary for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. There she met the love of her life, Andrew G. Block.
November 27, 2013 |
RUTH VANCE-THOMAS, who was widowed at an early age, was faced with raising four small children by herself. That she did a fine job is measured by the fact that three of the children turned out to be successful lawyers, and the fourth a contractor and writer. Ruth Viola Roberts Vance-Thomas, a 27-year employee of General Electric Co. and active churchwoman, died Nov. 16. She was 89 and was living in Adelphi, Md., but had lived most of her life in Darby and Gulph Mills. She received many honors as a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ardmore, where she was a member of the Flower Club, president of the Trustee Aides and chairperson of Women's Day. She was a member of the President's Council and the Scholarship Committee.