(Metairie, La.) August 25, 2015 – Reg Adams of Shreveport, La, winner of the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship on August 24-25 at Shell Landing Golf Club will lead four Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 15-18, in the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
The national Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz, will make its first visit to Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.
Adams turned in a winning total of 2-under-par 142 to capture the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship supported by Mercedes-Benz. Scott Buntin of Starkville, Ms. finished five strokes back at 147. Craig Campo and Reed Hughes finished in third place at 4-over par 148. Hughes will represent the Gulf States PGA with the third qualifying spot. Additionally, Chip Sullivan of Pearl Ms., who earned an exemption by winning the 2008 PGA Professional Championship, joins the three qualifiers to Seaside in October.
In the Super Senior Division, Jerry Covich of Ocean Springs, Ms. took top honors with a one over par total of 143. Steve Chaney of Gautier, Ms. finished eleven shots back at twelve over par 156.
The 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. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Bayonet and Black Horse Courses. The Bayonet Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes.
Mercedes-Benz USA is returning as a presenting sponsor.
Named in honor of two U.S. Army divisions, Bayonet and Black Horse occupy property that was once part of the former Fort Ord military base near Seaside, California. Bayonet was designed by Gen. Robert B. McClure in 1954, redesigned by Gene Bates and opened in 2007. The par-72, 7,104-yard design, with its narrow corridors and steep bunkering, is considered one of the most difficult tests of golf on the Monterey Peninsula.
Black Horse Golf Course, a 1964 joint original design by Gen. McClure and Gen. Edwin Carnes, was named in honor of the 11th Cavalry Regiment (Black Horse), which was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey (1919-1940). Today, Black Horse is a 7,024-yard, par-72 layout that was renovated in 1998 by Chris Gray and redesigned by Bates in 2008. It features sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and highlighted by fescue-framed fairways, bunker with distinctive, serrated edges and slick contoured greens.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional National Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional National 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 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, which will be conducted May 26-29, 2016, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2016 Champions TOUR National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions TOUR career.
About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, N.J., is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar. MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.
About the Gulf States PGA Section
The Gulf States Section, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well being of golf professionals.