METAIRIE, La – August 23rd, 2016 – Chip Sullivan of Brandon, Ms, winner of the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship August 22-23 at Shell Landing Golf Club will lead three Section PGA Professionals to compete Nov. 17-20, in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship.
The National Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, returns to PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Sullivan turned in a winning total of 8-under-par 136 to capture the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship supported by Mercedes-Benz USA. Emlyn Aubrey of Shreveport, La. finished 2 strokes back at 138. Reed Hughes of Senatobia, Ms with 5-under-par 139, joins them.
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 $285,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The Wanamaker Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes.
Mercedes-Benz USA is returning as a presenting sponsor.
In the Super Senior Division, Jerry Covich of Ocean Springs, Ms. took top honors with a one over par total of 142. Ed Selser of Patterson, La. finished 3 shots back at one over par 145.
The Wanamaker Course, designed by Tom Fazio, is named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who in 1916, inspired the birth of the PGA of America. A classic Florida layout, the Wanamaker Course plays to a par-72 and will be set at 6,725 yards. It is set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palmettos, and is considered one of Florida’s most beautiful courses.
The Ryder Course is named in honor of Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup, the pre-eminent event in golf. The par-72, 6,733-yard layout with rolling hills, majestic pine trees and challenging water hazards has a distinctive Carolina-feel.
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 78th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, which will be conducted in May 2017, at Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2017 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. 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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