The Southern California PGA headed south to the beautiful Steele Canyon Golf Club for the second TPS event of the 2016 year. The 36 hole event was played on the Ranch/Meadow nines at Steele Canyon, and even though the total yardage was set at a modest 6,722 yards it proved to be a puzzle that many of the competitors had a hard time figuring out. That is of course except for the reigning SCPGA Player of the Year; Michael Block, PGA.
In round 1, Block was able to pencil in 5 birdies and a lone bogey on his card to post an impressive score of 67 (-4). This score was good enough to hold a slim one shot lead over Chris Lempa, PGA, going into the afternoon rounds. In round 2, the winds picked up and so did the scores for the field. However, Block once again proved that he is one of the more consistent players in the section by only having 2 blemishes on his afternoon card en route to a 72 (+1). His two round total of 139 could not be met or surpassed by anyone behind him, giving Michael Block, PGA, the top honors in another section event. Congratulations and fantastic playing Michael!
In addition, the TPS event served as a qualifier for the SCPGA Match Play Championship at Pauma Valley Country Club in July. Congratulations to the following PGA professionals that earned a spot in the Match Play tree: Chris Lempa, PGA, Daniel Hornig, PGA, Ross Marcano, PGA, Mike Nokes, PGA, Ryan Kennedy, PGA, Alan Scheer, PGA, Robert Deruntz, PGA, and Andrew Larkin, PGA.
Thank you to the following partners of this TPS series event: PGA Tour, Janiking, and Pepsi. The SCPGA and the participants in the event appreciate the generous support.
A special thank you to Alan Scheer, PGA, and the staff at Steele Canyon Golf Club. The golf course was in great shape and the hospitality provided was outstanding.
One last thank you to the rules officials that worked the event: John Cochran, Keith Reinking, and Ron Riess, PGA. The SCPGA tournaments would not be possible without your volunteered expertise and time.