Justin Riegel, 38, was killed Wednesday when a tree crashed into the Philmont Country Club’s pro shop and cart barn after a thunderstorm. Riegel was helping to bring rain carts back to the Philadelphia route when the accident happened.
Riegel joined Philmont in 2019 as a pro chef and was recently promoted to director of golf. According to the PGA Philadelphia website, Riegel previously worked at Aronimink GC, Wilmington CC and Gulph Mills GC as a pro assistant before landing his first PGA Professional Director position at French Creek GC In 2015, he was selected as PGA Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.
Riegel’s girlfriend, Kate Hannon, is expected to have the couple’s first child in two weeks. A GoFundMe site has been created to assist Riegel’s family.
“Justin was one of the most caring people you could meet. He was that guy who just called to see how you were doing and to make sure everything was fine in your life, “reads the site. “We are raising funds to help Kate and the children get through these terrible times and create a university fund for the children.” Please consider donating as much as you can, Justin would be the first to sign up to help someone else. “