Gautier, MS – Reed Hughes of Senatobia, MS winner of the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship August 27-28th at Shell Landing will lead three Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 10-13, in the 25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
The National Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, will return for a third consecutive year to Creighton Farms of Aldie, VA., and River Creek Club of Leesburg, VA
Hughes turned in a winning total of 3-under-par 141 to capture the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship supported by Southworth Development LLC and Mercedes-Benz. Cliff Bailey of Madison, MS finished 4 strokes back at 145. They are joined by Leigh Brannan of Canton, MS.
“My car didn’t crank in the morning, so I was running late to the course. Then, I snapped hooked it off the first tee and I thought the day was going to go in the wrong direction, but Leigh found my ball and was able to knock it close and make the birdie.” says Hughes. “I wanted to play well, but have struggled on that course in the past.”
The Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, and features a total purse of $285,000 on both courses over the first two rounds. Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will host the final 36 holes.
Southworth Development, with headquarters in Newton, Mass., returns as the title sponsor of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Mercedes-Benz USA is a presenting sponsor.
Creighton Farms, a par-72, 7,410-yard layout that opened in 2008, was one of two private courses in the world to achieve recognition by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, and Travel Leisure Golf in the same season. In 2009, Golfweek selected Creighton Farms among its “Best New Private Golf Courses.” Creighton Farms reflects the Nicklaus trademark of a challenging design, focusing on course management strategy and precision rather than power.
River Creek Club, a challenging, 7,036-yard, par-72 layout, was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, with Tom Clark of Marshall, Va., the lead architect in the regional firm. River Creek Club made its debut in 1997 as one of three golf courses nestled on the Potomac River, and bearing challenging, large undulating greens as its signature and most prominent set of challenges.
(Left: Kenny Hughes of Shell Landing, Right:Reed Hughes)