ADAMS CAPTURES GULF STATES PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; AGBASI, BAILEY & POMEROY EARN BERTHS IN 51st PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

From L to R: Brooks Baldwin, Obie Agbasi, Reg Adams, Billy Pomeroy, Cliff Bailey, and Rick Forbis

Choudrant, La. – August 22nd, 2017 – Reg Adams of Shreveport, LA, was victorious at the 2017 Gulf States PGA Professional Championship held on August 21-22 at Squire Creek Country Club. He will lead the four Section PGA Professionals that will compete in the 51st PGA Professional Championship, June 17-20, 2018, at Bayonet Black Course in Seaside, Ca.

Adams turned in a winning total of 1-under-par 143 to capture the Gulf States PGA Professional Championship Title. He defeated Obie Agbasi of Monroe on the first playoff hole. Cliff Bailey of Shreveport, La., Billy Pomeroy of Meridian, Ms. and Kyle Ramey of Gulfport, Ms., tied for third finishing at even-par 144. Bailey and Pomeroy successfully qualified for the 51st PGA Professional Championship following a two-hole playoff.

The PGA Professional Championship will mark its second visit to Bayonet Black Horse. The Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.

The PGA Professional Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by Golf Channel. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.

The low 20 scorers in 2018 will earn berths into the 100th PGA Championship, Aug. 6-12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA TOUR events over a 12-month period.

Established in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier TOUR professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.

The PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, TaylorMade, and the PGA TOUR. Golf Advisor is the official media partner. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.

The Gulf States PGA would like to thank General Manager Rick Maier, Host PGA Professional Brad Pullin, PGA Assistant Professional Robert Smith, Food and Beverage Manager Lane Titus, Head Superintendent Nick Cauley, Assistant Superintendent Ben Waits, and the entire staff and membership of Squire Creek Country Club for all their help this week. The Gulf States PGA would also like to thank our title sponsors Club Car, Mercedes Benz and OMEGA, as well as our supporting sponsors Titleist/FootJoy, TaylorMade, and the PGA Tour. Special thanks to Jim Caldwell, Brooks Baldwin, and Matt Brunetz of Ladd’s; Buster Toms and Rick Forbis of Golf Cars of Louisiana; Eddie Welch, Cameron Duff and Curt Michels of Titleist/FootJoy; and Chris Perez of TaylorMade.

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