Terry Hertzog wins 2021 Blaisdell Pro Am presented by Zippo
PGA Pro Takes Home Whopping $50,000 Top Cash Prize
Zippo Manufacturing Co. Owner George Duke (left) presents 2021 Blaisdell Pro Am winner Terry Hertzog, of Lilitz, PA with an oversized check representing his $50,000 cash prize.
BRADFORD, Pa., July 27, 2021 – Terry Hertzog, the PGA Teaching Instructor at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA, captured first place at the Blaisdell Pro Am 2021 presented by Zippo, held on July 26 and 27 at the prestigious Pennhills Club.
With 65 PGA Class A Pros competing for the famous $100,000 pro purse, Hertzog, of Lititz, PA, takes home the $50,000 top pro cash prize and a one-of-a-kind gold-plated Zippo Windproof Lighter after firing a 3-under par, 67. The score held up by one stroke against the Director of Golf at Chautauqua Golf Course, Kirk Stauffer, who posted a 2-under par, 68. This is Hertzog’s third time traveling to play in the Blaisdell Pro Am. He started hot with an eagle on the first and a Birdie on the 2nd hole.
Sponsored by Zippo in memory of the company’s founder George G. Blaisdell, the Blaisdell Pro Am brings together PGA pros and local amateurs to compete for unprecedented prize money in the unparalleled beauty of the Pennhills Club, nestled at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest. With the $100,000 cash pro purse and amateurs prizes worth $20,000, the Blaisdell Pro Am is well regarded as one of the premiere club professional Pro Am Tournaments in North America.
Mr. Blaisdell was heavily involved in the local Bradford community in the 1930s, as well as an avid golfer at the Pennhills Club. In 1963, his passion for the sport and his business culminated in Mr. Blaisdell’s first Zippo Open Golf Tournament, which continued as an annual series for 20 years.
George Duke, Blaisdell’s grandson and third generation Zippo Owner, started the Blaisdell Pro Am in 2014 to showcase the beautiful Walter Travis-designed course that his grandfather so loved. Duke keeps his grandfather’s memory alive by personally presenting the winning cash prize to the pro, just as Mr. Blaisdell did during the Zippo Open.
The annual tournament, now in its seventh year, kicks off its two-day format with the Pro Am portion, teaming up in fivesomes composed of three amateurs and two pros, before heading into the pro-only open on the second day. Pros must participate in the Pro Am portion in order to play for Tuesday’s massive purse. Last year’s tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.