Congratulations to Ryan Kennedy of Rustic Canyon Golf Course for capturing the Southern California PGA Professional Championship. Kennedy came out of the gates on fire, playing his first eight holes six under. He built a small lead through that stretch and did not relinquish it at any point. Kennedy finished with a three-day total of 203 with rounds of 67, 71 and 65 and a total of 11-under par to win comfortably by six shots.
When asked how he felt his round went on the final day he commented, “I had a lot of fun today, we got going early and you know I just wanted to keep riding it out. I had a feeling going into it that it was a good day. I got my lucky hat from Ireland and my lucky belt from my buddy’s club with a four leaf clover.”
The humble champion said, “I am extremely proud to be here at this point, playing against all my buddies, I don’t even have words for it at this point, ask me tomorrow,” he laughs. “I think there will be a lot of fun things that I’ll get to do and hopefully I’ll make the most out of all of them.”
Tied for 2nd was Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club and Chris Starkjohann of Torrey Pines Gold Club & Outings both with a 5-under par total.
Along with the champion, Ryan Kennedy and runners-up, Chris Starkjohann and Michael Block, PGA Professional National Champion, the other nine National qualifiers are: Scott Heyn of Oakmont Country Club, Eric Lohman of Monarch Beach Golf Links, Jamie Puterbaugh of Aviara Golf Club, Jon Fiedler of Las Posas Country Club, Scott Mahlberg of Stadium, Ben Krug of Angeles National Golf Club, Dean Tonneslan of La Jolla Country Club, Erik Wolf of College Golf Center and Mike Miles of Old Ranch Country Club. Congratulations to all twelve qualifiers.
Thank you to national presenting sponsors Omega, Club Car and Mercedez-Benz and national supporting sponsors Titleist, Taylormade and Nike Golf. Thanks also to local supporting sponsors Hangtime Aerial, PGA TOUR, Ultimate Payment Solutions, JaniKing, and Pepsi.
Thank you to PGA Professionals David Hartley (Ranch Course) and Boo Scarpati (River Course) of the Guest Ranch and Resort at the Alisal for hosting this year’s Southern California Professional Championship.