METAIRIE, La. – Reed Hughes, PGA of Senatobia, Miss. has once again secured a spot playing in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz, by winning the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship held August 25-26, 2014 at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss.
After shooting 72 on the first day, Hughes’ second-round 70 set him apart from the pack to eventually defeat close competitor Anthony Price, PGA by two shots.
Hughes said he continued the momentum from the recent GSPGA Professional Championship, in which he tied for second, into the Senior Championship and used that confidence to battle it out with Price at the end.
“I felt like I was in good shape, then I bogeyed 11 and 13,” said Hughes of his play during the second round. “Something clicked just then and told me to slow it down.
“I went into 17 with a 1-shot lead and hit it just over the stick about 5 feet then rolled it in downhill.”
Hughes said he was able to pull away from Price with that putt and went on to top the leaderboard at 2-under-142.
“I was fortunate to beat Anthony,” said Hughes of Price’s success playing in his first GSPGA Senior Professional Championship. “I think Jerry Covich kept me from winning when I first turned 50 and was eligible to compete. I had to keep the tradition of not letting the 50-year-olds wear us out.”
Price, a PGA assistant professional at Eagle Ridge Course, will join Hughes at the National Championship along with David Marchand, PGA director of golf at Metairie Country Club who both qualified due to their finishes in the Section tournament. The National Championship will be contested at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on November 13-16, 2014.
PGA Life Member Gerald Gatlin won the Super Senior Division by eight shots with a second-round 75.
The Gulf States PGA Section would like to thank Host PGA Professionals Kenny Hughes, Alan Walker and Steve Chaney for all of their efforts in hosting this year’s event. The Section also thanks Mercedes-Benz USA, the PGA TOUR and Yamaha for their support.