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Rufus Brijalba [Bree-al-ba], Head Professional at The Hills of Lakeway Country Club, recorded a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to finish the 2018 Tradition Championship with a final score of 139 (-5).
"In a nutshell, my putters been hot for a few months now and that’s been a difference in my game,” Brijalba said. “I kind of found something and it hasn’t left me.”
He carded six birdies and three bogeys on his way to claiming his first win since 2014.
“It feels awesome to have the weight of not having won for a while off my shoulders. I can’t wait to get back to the Club and celebrate. It’s been years since I’ve gotten a win. I think I can relax now. I knew this was going to be my last event of the year so I had some extra motivation.”
Brijalba took home a check of $3,000 check for his victory.
The Tradition Championship included a Senior Division that was comprised of 19 participants aged 50 or older who competed for a separate $5,700 and played at a modified yardage. Tim Hobby, PGA Teaching Professional at The Club at Sonterra, had a two-day total of 4-under-par to finish the Championship at 140.
"I kept the ball in play off the tee,” Hobby said. “I only missed one green in regulation today and maybe three yesterday. I hit a lot of fairways and greens which is important on this course. I haven’t been on this course since 1985, but it suits me well.”
Tim secured the two-stroke win over David Lundstrom (Life Member) with a 35-foot, downhill putt to birdie Hole 18. This is Hobby’s second win of 2018 after winning the TPx Communications Match Play Championship in February.
"It always feels good to win one of these things,” Hobby continued. “We’ve got a lot of good players in the Senior and Open Divisions. You’ve just got to enjoy it since you don’t win very often in golf."
Ronnie Fletcher rounded out the top-3 with a two-day total of 146 (+2).
This 36-hole event was the fourth of five individual stroke play events that comprise the OMEGA Player of the Year Points List. The Tradition Championship featured a field of 77 Southern Texas PGA Members and Associates competing at Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land.
The Tradition Championship was presented by Cutter & Buck, Devant Sports Towels, Garia, GT Golf Supplies, and Rigstar Industrial Telecom. Yahama hosted a closest to the hole contest on #4 throughout the Championship. Kate Granahan (Axis Golf Academy) was closest in round one, while David Lundstrom (Life Member) won in the final round.