SENIOR PGA PRO CHAMPIONSHIP
2ND ROUND UPDATE: NENY PGA Pros at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Aldie, VA; both missed the cut of (+7):
Frank Mellet of Colonie Golf & CC T90 with 11 others. After shooting +9 in the first round, Mellet shot even par 72 on Friday for a total of 153. He moved up 131 spots from the first round.
Paul Jaycox of Cobleskill Golf & CC was T234 with five others, falling one spot from the first round. He shot 83 at Creighton Farms on Friday for a total of 165.
2009 champion Bill Britton and Charlie Bolling shared the second-round lead Friday. Britton shot 70 (-2) in cold and windy conditions to match Bolling at 141 (-3). Bolling shot a 69 at Creighton Farms, the site of the final two rounds.
Britton, 56, is the director of instruction at Donald Trump’s Colts Neck, NJ facility. Bolling, 54, is a PGA Life Member and was the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, NY from 1997-2011.
Defending champion Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, MA was even par after a 74 at Creighton Farms. The top-35 will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Bellerive in St. Louis. The top-5 also will get exemptions into the final stage of the Champions Tour qualifying tournament.
1ST ROUND UPDATE: From Leesburg, VA: Bob Gaus and Bruce Nakamura each shot 69 (-3) Thursday at River Creek Club to share the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Defending champion Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, MA topped a 10-player group a stroke back.
Colonie Golf & CC’s Frank Mellet shot 43-38 (+9) at Creighton Farms. He’s tied with 11 others and will play the River Creek Club on Friday.
Cobleskill Golf & CC’s Paul Jaycox shot 41-41 (+10) at the River Creek Club. He’s tied with five others and will play Creighton Farms on Friday.
PREVIEW FROM WEDNESDAY
Frank Mellet, the head golf pro from Colonie Golf & Country Club, and Paul Jaycox, head pro at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club, will tee it up this week in the 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz.
Also on hand for this event, Derek Sprague, the Secretary of the PGA of America, who hails from the NENY PGA. He is the head golf professional from Malone Golf Club.
Jaycox had been an alternate from the summer event but advanced when a slot opened up. Click here for a recap of that event back in August.
For the second consecutive year, the tournament will be played October 11-14 at Creighton Farms in Aldie, VA, and River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA. The total purse is $285,000. The field of 264 PGA Club Professionals from 41 PGA Sections is vying for the Leo Fraser Trophy and 35 spots in next year’s 74TH Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be played at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO.
Mellet will go off of #10 tee at 12:44PM Thursday at Creighton Farms and off #1 8:44AM from the River Creek Club on Friday. He will play with Jeff Whitefield of Weldon Spring, MO, and Stuart Smith of Reno, NV.
Jaycox will be playing on opposite tracks: Thursday at 11:59AM off #10 at the River Creek Club and Friday at 7:59AM off #1 at Creighton Farms. Jaycox will play with Mike Burke of Towaco, NJ and Chris Black of Lancaster, OH.
The top-five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2012 Champions Tour National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions Tour career.
CREIGHTON FARMS IS A ‘BEAR’
After two days of competition, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Creighton Farms will again host the final 36 holes of competition. Southworth Development, with headquarters in Newton, MA, is now in its second year of title sponsorship.
“The Senior PGA Professional National Championship is always one of our most popular events,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We will once again be able to showcase some of the best players in our Association at venues that have proven to be two of the most challenging in event history.”
Creighton Farms, a par-72, 7,410-yard layout that opened in 2008, was one of two private courses in the world to achieve recognition by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, and Travel Leisure Golf in the same season. In 2009, Golfweek selected Creighton Farms among its “Best New Private Golf Courses.” Creighton Farms reflects the Nicklaus trademark of a challenging design, focusing on course management strategy and precision rather than power.
“We are proud to be hosting the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship for a second year,” said David Southworth, president of Southworth Development. “It’s an exciting time for Creighton Farms and we are glad to have our new Clubhouse and the course enjoyed by the Senior PGA Professionals and all who are involved with this Championship. We look forward to once again working with The PGA, Mercedes-Benz and River Creek Club for this event.”
RIVER CREEK CLUB IS A LOCAL
River Creek Club, a challenging, 7,036-yard, par-72 layout, was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, with Tom Clark of Marshall, VA, the lead architect in the regional firm. River Creek Club made its debut in 1997 as one of three golf courses nestled on the Potomac River, and bearing challenging, large undulating greens as its signature and most prominent set of challenges.
“It will be exciting and a privilege to host this Championship at River Creek Club for a second consecutive year,” said Josh McKim, PGA Head Professional at River Creek Club. “We know that our golf course will offer a stern test of golf to each player as well a beautiful view of the Potomac River.”
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional National Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional National Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from July through September each year.
Southworth Development LLC is a privately held company specializing in the development of residential resort and hospitality-branded real estate communities. Founded by David Southworth, Southworth Development’s expertise includes master-planned community development; asset management; golf course construction management and resort and golf operations management.
In 2006, Southworth Development took a quantum leap forward when Joe Deitch, a longtime close friend of David Southworth, joined the company as a co-owner and visionary partner. Together they have worked to position the company to succeed in the dramatically changing world of real estate and resort development. Through Southworth’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Southworth Golf and Southworth Europe Ltd., Southworth has become a leader in the international resort and golf development industry serving communities in the United States, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, and Scotland.
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