SCPGA MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN CHAMPIONSHIP:
Geoff Dean, Paul Dietsche, Kurt Donahoo, Mike Fergin, Jon Fiedler, Jeff Hart, Barry Mahlberg, Mike Mitchell, David Podas, Alan Sorensen, Chris Starkjohann & Mickey Yokoi
Jeff Hart, PGA, finishes T-14 at the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida! The top-35 finish earns Hart exemption into the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York on May 23-26.
As the lone SCPGA player remaining after the 54-hole cut, Jeff Hart, PGA, posted a cumulative six-under to find himself in the 5th from the last pairing in the final round. Hart dug an early deficit with three bogeys on the front nine. With some work to be done, birdies on 8, 14, 15 shaved off some of that damage. Coming down the stretch, Hart managed to remain above the exemption line, finishing T-14 for the championship. “I’ve played in the Senior PGA five times now and I’m looking forward to it once again!”
The SCPGA is proud of all our participants in the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship! congratulations to Jeff Hart, PGA, for his exemption, and we look forward to supporting him when he competes next May!
Three SCPGA representatives remained following the 36-hole cut, but the difficult Wanamaker Course loomed over Hart, Podas & Starkjohnn.
Starkjohnn was looking to make some aggressive moves as he was deadlocked posting back-to-back even-par rounds. Coasting through the first 3 holes with pars, the par-three fourth was a roadblock towards Starkjohnn’s goal of an under par round. Taking an out of bounds penalty, the triple-bogey on six was a momentum suppressor in a critical under-par attempt for Starkjohnn. Ultimately rallying with birdies on 16 & 17, a misplaced tee shot on 18 was the point of no return for a chance at making the second cut.
ROUND TWO RECAP:
Leading for our Members is Jeff Hart, PGA, currently sitting at four-under for the Championship after posting a second round 69 on the difficult Wanamaker. Hart got an early morning draw during the second round, which was advantageous to the moderate gusts rolling across both courses. “I drove the ball much better today, this is a new experience for me (playing the PGA Professional Championship), being mostly a TOUR player all my life,” said Hart.
Unphased was Dave Podas, PGA, of Bel-Air Country Club, following up his even-par round on the Wanamaker with a sizzling three-under on the Ryder in gusty conditions With a second-round card that was immaculate, the bogey-free round from Podas included birdies on 2, 6, 15.
Chris Starkjoahnn who is competing in this Championship for 13 years straight said, “I’ve gotta shoot a couple under tomorrow to move up to the low 70+ ties for my chance to get into the top-35.”
Hart, Podas, and Starkjohann all aim to make the top-35 and receive those critical exemptions into the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, May 23-26.
ROUND ONE RECAP:
(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) The first round of the 2018 Senior PGA Professional Championship is in the books today at PGA Golf Club on the Ryder & Wanamaker Courses. Of the twelve players representing the Section, it was Mike Fergin who is leading the charge after an opening round of three-under, 69. “My putting (pace) was good today… and hit some good putts. I hung in there with my ball striking – and missed it in the right spots today,” said Fergin as he hit balls on the range after his round.
After tomorrow’s round, the field will be cut to the top 90+ ties, and a subsequent cut will knock that list down to the top 70+ ties. If you haven’t been following along on @SCPGA Instagram, Facebook and Twitter account, you are missing out! Play resumes tomorrow at 7:30 am Eastern.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
The 2018 Senior PGA Professional Championship is a four-day, 72-hole event is supported by GolfAdvisor.com and John Deere hosted at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
HOST FACILITY: PGA Golf Club
Wanamaker & Ryder Courses
Port St. Lucie, Florida