Bentwater Yacht and Country Club played host to 81 STPGA Professionals at the third major tournament on the 2018 STPGA schedule – the US Foods Spring Classic presented by Value 4, Garia, and AHEAD on Monday and Tuesday. Golfcrest Country Club Teaching Professional Eric Bogar returned to the STPGA winners circle five years after winning the STPGA Assistant Professional Championship. Bogar shot 67-70 for a two-day total of 137 (-7) to take the top spot over Pablo del Olmo, Rufus Brijalba, and Kate Granahan, who all recorded a 140 (-4) to finish tied for second.
“Yesterday the hole looked like a trash can, but it was still a great round,” said Bogar. “I’ve been working with Clay Edwards and we got my swing in order last week. I was a little nervous starting out today, but I calmed myself down and started playing golf. I didn’t look at the scoreboard until #17 and realized I had a three-shot lead going into #18.”
In the Senior Division, Ricky Arnett (Great Hills Country Club) shot 71-73 to finish with a total of 144 (E) to beat Billy Sitton (Triumph Golf) by one stroke. Robert Thompson (Whispering Pines Golf Club) and David Lundstrom (Life Member) finished tied for third with a score of 146 (+2).
“I hit it poorly off the tee today,” said Arnett. “I got lucky with some iron shots and had five birdies. I had better offense today than yesterday. Today I was more comfortable. The golf course was in great shape, but I had to get used to the greens. I was just lucky to get it up and down on the last hole. I hit my best tee shot on #18 and missed the whole green. I’m just glad no one had another birdie coming in.”
The Southern Texas PGA would like to thank title partner US Foods as well as the presenting partners' Value 4, Garia, and AHEAD for their support. Also, thank you to Bentwater Yacht and Country Club PGA Director of Golf Mark Steinbauer, superintendent Donny Latham, and their staffs for a great tournament.
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