The 2015 edition of the Southern California PGA’s Senior Championship was held on August 24th and 25th at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, CA. The field at this year’s event was comprised of some strong players throughout the Section, ranging in age from 50 to 85 years old. The course was playing firm throughout the two day Championship and with warm temperatures in the upper 90’s made for a true test for the stacked field. The group of “experienced golfers” proved that tough conditions nor age is not factor in playing good golf. This statement was more than true for Tim Parun, PGA of The Loma Club who at the age of 55 shot back to back rounds of 69. Being two strokes down coming into the final round, Parun’s came out firing on the front nine of the final round, carding six birdies for a 31 and allowed him to climb back to the top of the leaderboard. The 6-under 138 total for the two days put Tim a mere stroke ahead of Starkjohann, who posted rounds of 70-69. Parun proved to be a birdie machine, knocking in 12 birdies over the 36 holes, with the most important coming on the final hole of the Championship. The victory was Tim’s second in the last five years at the Senior Section Championship, with his first coming in 2011. Congratulations and impressive playing Tim!
The event also saw 11 SCPGA members successfully qualify for the 2015 Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Congratulations and best of luck to these players who will be teeing it up at Bayonet and Black Horse on October 15-18: Tim Parun, PGA ; Chris Starkjohann, PGA; Kurt Donahoo, PGA; Gary Sowinski, PGA; Joe Johnson, PGA; David Podas, PGA; Bruce Nakamura, PGA; Mike Miles, PGA; Gregory Casagranda, PGA; Roger Gunn, PGA and Eric Evans, PGA.
A big thank you to the sponsors of the 2015 SCPGA Senior Championship: Mercedes-Benz, Yamaha, PGA Tour and Pepsi.
A special thank you to Huey Yu, Paul Hjulberg (PGA), and the rest of the staff at Oak Valley Golf Club for their gracious hospitality. Finally, we appreciate the time and dedication the Rules Officials give for each event and thank you to the following who assisted in the Senior Section Championship: Ron O’Connor, PGA, Ron Robinson, PGA, Gary Albin, Keith Reinking, Lee Wortman and John Etz.