The Southern California PGA returned to Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta on Monday, June 1st for the third and final installment of the 2015 TPS Series. Steve Holmes, PGA, of Westlake Village Golf Club, proved that wind nor the Bear was not a factor and found his name atop of the leaderboard after 36-holes. The field came prepared to battle the ever challenging Jack Nicklaus signature design, as the course was in outstanding condition. The first round got off to a great start with Ron Skayhan, PGA, recording an ace on the 137 yard Par 3, 6th hole. This is Skayhan’s 11th hole-in-one of his career which is rather impressive.Congratulations Ron. Bryan Smock had a dominant first-round posting seven birdies en route to a 67 (-5). Two additional players were in rednumbers concluding the first round, with Larry Correa posting a 70 and Holmes with a 71.
The second round found even tougher conditions as the winds picked up and stayed gusty for the remainder of the day, but outstanding play by Holmes opened the door for his first place finish. Holmes had an exceptional day posting 11 pars and 4 birdies in his first round, finishing with his 71. Holmes followed his first round by posting a remarkable 70 in round two, with a consistent scorecard of 16 pars and 2 birdies. Congratulations to Steve for securing the victory at TPS Series – Bear Creek.
The pace of play, once again, was extraordinary with the average pace being 4 hours and 9 minutes in the first round followed by a 3 hours and 38 minute average in the second round! We Commend all those that made for a great pace throughout the day- that is ready golf!
In addition, the TPS Series served as the third and final qualifier for our Match Play in which the top six players earned a spot in the SCPGA Match Play Championship at Sandpiper Golf Club in July. The six PGA Class A Professionals that qualified are:
Ryan Kennedy – Oakmont C.C.; Paul Holtby – Tom Barber Golf Center; Alan Scheer – Steele Canyon G.C.; Gary Sowinski – The Hodges Golf Learning; Chris Lempa – Torrey Pines G.C.; Ross Marcano – Barona Creek G.C.
Thank you to our sponsors Tour Lock, The PGA TOUR, 2 UNDR and Pepsi for supporting the TPS Series this year. Also, big thanks goes to Host PGA Professional Kim Schilling and Bear Creek Golf Club for hosting the event. Finally, thank you to the SCPGA Rules Officials for dedicating their time and expertise once again.