METAIRIE, La. – At the end of two rounds, two players were left sitting atop the leaderboard at the Gulf States PGA E-Z-GO Section Championship held at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Ms on October 19th & 20th. PGA Professional Tim Yelverton was able to secure the victory during the third playoff hole over Chip Sullivan.
Yelverton, PGA Teaching Professional at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Ms, fired one of only two under par rounds during the first round on Monday, October 19th. Chip Sullivan, PGA Director of Golf at Patrick Farms Golf Club, who had a two shot lead over Yelverton with a 4-under par 68.
“I putted extremely well in round one,” said Yelverton. “I started similarly both days. I started off making three bogeys in the first five holes today (Round 2), but was able to turn it around.”
The field experienced more bogeys and less birdies during the second round, allowing for the competition to close in on the lead. PGA Professional Phil Schmitt of Schmitt Golf LLC and PGA Professional Derek Sanders tied for third at 147. Schmitt was the only player in the field to post an under par round on Tuesday.
“I’ve been a member since 2010 and this is the best Section Championship I have ever played in,” said Yelverton. “The greens were absolutely perfect. The hospitality from Southern Farm Bureau, Mark Danton and Ouray, Jani-King and the staff at Annandale were fantastic. Of course any time we do anything with the Nelson’s (Ben Nelson Golf & Utility Vehicles and E-Z-GO) they take great care of us. Everything was first class.”
This marks Yelverton’s first E-Z-GO Section Championship victory. He has finished in second place the previous two years. With his win, Yelverton has earned an exemption into the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans being held at TPC Louisiana on April 28-May 1, 2016.
The Gulf States PGA Section wishes to thank Ben Nelson, Benji Nelson, Russ Pitts, and Seth King of Ben Nelson Golf and Utility Vehicles and E-Z-GO for their tremendous support of this tournament and the Gulf States PGA. In addition, the Section thanks the PGA Tour for their supporting sponsorship as well as JJ O’Neill with Jani-King for sponsoring our putting contest. Additionally, a special thanks to Mark Danton for providing headwear and t-shirts to all participants. Southern Farm Bureau graciously sponsored a players’ dinner at Tico’s Steakhouse following round one. The Section also thanks the team at Annandale including host professional and PGA Head Professional Cliff Bailey, PGA Assistant Professional Ben Martin, Assistant Professional Chad Darby, and Superintendent Al Osteen along with the rest of the staff for hosting a great event.