METAIRIE, La. – The Gulf States PGA Section held their Pro-Assistant Championship/Pro-Pro on Monday, March 11th at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. Tony Luczak, PGA and Tim Poznaniak, PGA claimed the Pro-Assistant Championship victory, while Cory Cooper, PGA and Curtis Knight, finished at the top in the Pro-Pro division.
The duo from the Mississippi State University Institute of Golf in Starkville, Miss., PGA Director of Golf Tony Luczak and PGA Assistant Professional Tim Poznaniak, finished one stroke ahead of their nearest competition ending the day at 2-under-70. PGA Head Professional Brian Long and Curtis Knight, PGA apprentice and assistant professional, of TPC of Louisiana followed the pair shooting 1-under-71.
“Overall, I played pretty well,” said Poznaniak. “I hit a lot of fairways. I did struggle with my putting. Tony was able to help me out with a couple pars.”
Poznaniak said this first-time partnership worked out particularly well, highlighted by Luczak’s 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 fifth hole.
In the Pro-Pro division, the team of PGA Assistant Professional Cory Cooper of New Orleans (La.) Country Club and Curtis Knight shot 7-under-65 to best the team of PGA General Manager Olly Thomson of the Country Club of Canton, Miss. and Kevin Kelly, PGA of Dick’s Sporting Goods in Flowood, Miss. by one point.
Knight said he struggled with his driver and relied on his honed putting skills to help keep them in the game.
Cooper said he also had difficulty getting off the tee box, but he was content with his overall performance and enjoyed the successful partnership with Knight.
“On one hole, I almost holed out an 8-iron which left me with a tap-in birdie,” said Cooper of his team contributions. “Then on 16, I made a 20 to 30-foot putt for birdie.
“Curtis holed out a pitch shot on a par 5 for eagle,” added Cooper of his partner’s performance of the par-5 fifteenth hole.
While Knight said his eagle was a personal highlight of the round, he said the day was also enhanced by the commendable efforts put forth by all of those involved with making the day a success.
“Overall, the facility was fantastic; it’s really a beautiful place,” said Knight. “The staff was very welcoming and the Gulf States PGA put on an extremely well-run event.”
The teams, following a four ball stroke play format, competed in cold, wet conditions. Despite having received two inches of rain on the Sunday preceding the tournament, the players agreed that the maintenance staff did a superior job in readying the course for play.
“The course was in fantastic shape,” said Poznaniak. “You couldn’t tell it had just rained two inches the night before; it wasn’t an issue.”
The Gulf States PGA Section would like to thank PGA Director of Golf Chris Jester and the staff at Old Waverly Golf Club for all of their help in preparing for this tournament and making the event particularly successful considering the challenging weather conditions.