Jackson, Miss. — (July 23, 2017) – Eddie Brescher, of Hattiesburg, won the 2017 Trustmark Invitational with a three-day total of 9-under par (66-72-69) 207 at Reunion Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which showcases a field of the state’s top PGA Professionals and Amateurs, paid a total purse of $25,500.
Brescher opened up the event with a stellar first round 6-under par 66 which gave him a three shot lead heading into round two. In the second round, Brescher held his lead while shooting a score of even-par 72. Brescher ended the event with a final round 3-under par 69 and captured his third Trustmark Invitational by three shots over Cameron Clarke of Pittsboro. When asked what was the reason for his success he said, “It certainly took practice, mental preparation, and playing aggressively from holes 1 to 54.” Reflecting on his third Trustmark Invitational title, Brescher said, ”I am extremely excited, this is an event a lot of us Amateurs want to win and put on our schedules every year. I’m very excited and humbled to win it my third time.” Brescher went on to say, “I would like to thank Robert Brown, the entire Gulf States PGA Staff, the entire staff at Reunion, Trustmark Bank for making the event possible, the Athletic Department at Southern Miss, and my wife Lauren.”
Nathan Kitson, of Starkville, claimed the PGA Professional title with rounds of (76-69-68) for a three-day total of 3-under par 213. Ricky Sims, of Canton, took home the title of Super Senior Champion with a three-day total of 3-under par (71-74-68) 213. Kyle Ramey, of Gulfport, shot a round one score of 3-under par (69) and was awarded the William E. Sonny Lawson Cup, which is given to the round one Low PGA Professional.
Additional flight winners were:
1st Flight – Lance Strickland of Meridian
2nd Flight – Josh Oller of Jackson
3rd Flight – John Petty Sandifer of Madison
4th Flight – Edward Lee of Canton
5th Flight – Joey Sumrow of Hattiesburg
Super-Senior 1st Flight – Gregory Brooking of Natchez
Super-Senior 2nd Flight – Jack Haynes of Madison
Thank you to PGA General Manager Casey Smith, Host PGA Professional, Tim Basel, Head Golf Course Superintendent Josh Owens, as well as the rest of the staff and members at Reunion Golf and Country Club for all of their hard work in making this a fantastic event. The Gulf States Section PGA would also like to thank Melanie Morgan and everyone at Trustmark Bank for their continued support.
The Mississippi PGA is comprised of 130 PGA professionals who are recognized experts in the game and business of golf and are employed at 65 of Mississippi’s finest golf facilities.
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