Steve Gotsche Captures Midwest Senior PGA Professional Title
Earns Berth in 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Steve Gotsche of Manhattan, Ks., winner of the Midwest Senior PGA Professional Championship, August 28 at Mules National Golf Club will lead four Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 25-28, in the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship.
The national Championship, supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere, will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Gotsche turned in a winning total of 143 to capture the Midwest Senior PGA Professional Championship supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere. Mark Meacham of Overland Park, Ks., finished 1-strokes back at 144. They are joined by J.D. Brake of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and Jeff Sedorcek of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The Wanamaker Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes.
The world’s first Audubon Sustainable Golf Facility, PGA Golf Club serves as the winter home to PGA Professionals, with 54 holes of Championship golf by architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Opened for play in 1996, the Wanamaker Course is the first golf course named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, whose vision in 1916 to organize a national association of golf professionals inspired the birth of the PGA of America. A classic Florida layout, the Wanamaker Course is set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palmettos, and is considered one of Florida’s most beautiful courses. The Wanamaker Course now features a hybrid Bermuda, with some common Bermuda genes; bunker faces are filled with Empire zoysia, which has outstanding density.
The Ryder Course, also opened in 1996, is named in honor of Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup, the pre-eminent event in golf. With its rolling hills, majestic pine trees and challenging water hazards, the Ryder Course has a distinctive Carolina-feel. With various hole locations, you could play this course every day and discover a different layout.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from July through September this year.
The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 23-26, 2019, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2019 PGA Tour Champions National Finals in November 2018. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.
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