METAIRIE, La. – PGA Director of Golf Bob Wolcott of Tunica (Miss.) National earned the title of 2012 Gulf States PGA Senior Section Champion after ending the two-day tournament at 5-under-139 (71-68). This year’s Championship was contested at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss. on September 18-19.
Highlighted by eagles on the seventh hole each day, Wolcott said his overall performance was very solid.
“My iron play was very good,” said Wolcott. “I didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”
Wolcott said he had a good start on the second day that ultimately propelled him to victory.
“I was 4-under coming off the front nine then parred every hole on the back nine,” said Wolcott. “I had a hot start then just held on through the finish.”
PGA General Manager Craig Campo of Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria, La. trailed Wolcott by one stroke at the conclusion of the tournament, finishing at 4-under-140 (71-69).
Leigh Brannan, PGA teaching professional at Colonial Country Club-Deerfield Course, followed in third shooting 1-under-143 (75-68).
The Senior Section Championship was held in conjunction with the Gulf States Senior PGA Professional Championship. Wolcott, Campo and Brannan claimed the three qualifying spots and will advance to the 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA being held at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va. over October 11-14, 2012.
“It should be fun,” said Wolcott of his first appearance at a Senior PGA Professional National Championship. “A lot of things can happen in a round of golf. Golf always tests your inner soul.”
The Gulf States PGA Section wishes to thank PGA Professionals Kenny Hughes and Jerry Covich along with their staff at Shell Landing for all of their hard work and efforts as hosts of this event. The Section also thanks Southworth Development, Mercedes-Benz USA and the PGA TOUR for their continued support of this event and The PGA of America.