—Omar Uresti, PGA Life Member claimed the title at the Southern Texas Senior PGA Professional Championship for the second year in a row on May 27-28 at Golf Club of Houston-Tournament Course. Uresti, along with Robert Thompson, PGA Teaching Professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club, who previously earned their exemptions into the 32nd
Senior PGA Professional Championship, will lead six additional Section PGA Professionals to compete in the national Championship on October 15-18.
“To get the Southern Texas Senior PGA Professional Championship two years in a row feels really good,” said Uresti. “I didn’t get many putts to fall today, but I hit a lot of greens and a lot of fairways and was able to keep it in play.”
Uresti turned in a winning two-day total of 9-under-par 135 to capture the Southern Texas Senior PGA Professional Championship. Darrell Fuston, PGA Director of Golf at The Woodlands Country Club finished 2 strokes back at 137 (-7). Uresti, Fuston, and Thompson are joined by Steve Parker and David Lundstrom both PGA Life Members, Mike Kullberg, PGA Head Professional at Sterling Country Club, Carl Cooper, PGA Teaching Professional at Stonebridge at Newport, and Jeff Strong, PGA General Manager at Eagle Pointe Golf Club.
The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The first cut will be made after 36 holes of play to the low 90 scorers and ties. The second cut will be made after 54 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties. The final two rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course.
PGA Golf Club -- the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility -- hosts multiple PGA Member championships annually, such as the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, PGA Jones Cup, National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Senior PGA Professional Championship (biennially, in even years) and the PGA's Tournament Series and Winter Championships.
PGA Golf Club is home to three highly-decorated courses designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.
The Wanamaker Course ranked 18th in Golfweek’s “2018 Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” rankings, while the Dye Course rose to 22nd – making PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two layouts on the respected list.
The Ryder Course reopened in 2017 to rave reviews, following a renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from June through August this year.
The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 82nd
KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 27-30, 2021, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions National Finals in November 2021. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.
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