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Kern & Sainz Jr. Tied After Round One of the 2020 STPGA TPx Communications Championship

May 18th, 2020

The TPx Communications Championship is the first major championship in 2020 for the STPGA.

KINGWOOD, TEXAS—Ben Kern, PGA Head Professional at Georgetown Country Club and Carlos Sainz Jr., Teaching Professional at GolfTEC – Upper Kirby, are tied for the lead after Round One of the 2020 TPx Communications Championship. Kern and Sainz fired an impressive opening round of 63 (-9) leading the field by 5 strokes heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“I played great today,” said Kern. “The highlight of the round was that I had two eagles. It feels great to be back out playing with my peers.”

5 shots behind Kern and Sainz at 68 (-4) sit Carl Cooper, PGA Teaching Professional at Stonebridge at Newport, Shaun Donnelly, Assistant Professional at Northgate Country Club, Darrell Fuston, PGA Director of Golf at The Woodlands Country Club, and Tye Grissom, Assistant Professional at The Hills Country Club.

“Today was a good day,” said Sainz who shot 30 on the back nine. “I got it going on the back side. The par fives are really gettable and if you’re putting your tee shot where you need to, you can get a nice run going.”

The Championship also includes a Senior Division comprised of 17 professionals ages 50 and older competing for a separate purse and playing from modified yardage. Omar Uresti, PGA Life Member, currently leads the Senior Division with a score of 65 (-7).

Originally planned as a match play tournament, the TPx Communications Championship presented by US Foods, Perry Weather, and the PGA TOUR is being contested as a 36-hole Stroke Play Championship. This tournament is the first Major Championship for the Southern Texas PGA Section in 2020, and the first Section tournament following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we were excited to resume tournaments, our priority was to ensure we were doing so in the safest way possible,” said Thomas Hutton, PGA Executive Director of the Southern Texas PGA. “The decision to change to a 36-hole Stroke Play Championship allowed us the opportunity to safely hold a major in May that our Members could be proud of.”

The TPx Communications Championship is being contested on the 7,058-yard Forest Course at The Clubs of Kingwood. Round Two is scheduled to start tomorrow, May 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. To view Round One results, click here.
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