Laurel, MS: The Gulf States PGA Senior Championship and Senior PGA Professional Championship Qualifying experienced high humidity and a blazing sun during both rounds on July 26-27th. Twenty-three Senior PGA members also participated in the Senior Section Meeting and a putting contest following Round 1 play.
Gulf States PGA Senior Champion, Jake Narro, PGA from Southeastern Louisiana University, also claimed low qualifier for the Senior PGA Professional Championship with a two-day score of 75-74–149. Blaine Patin, PGA from The Country Club of Louisiana, was the 2nd qualifier for the Professional Championship with a score of 76-74–150. Alternates for the Senior PGA Professional Championship include Reg Adams, PGA (73-78–151), Clay Weems, PGA (77-75–152), and Reed Hughes, PGA (75-77–152). Jerry Covich, PGA from Shell Landing Golf Club, took Super Senior honors with 73-74–147.
In a dual interview following the 2nd Round with Narro & Patin, Blaine expressed, “We enjoyed the golf course, the golf course was in great shape. It really was a great two days.” Jake added, “He just wondered what I did on the last hole. We didn’t really look at the scoreboard until the end. And I had a lead, and then I did everything I could to lose, but luckily I had a little cushion there at the end.”
Jerry later commented, “I came back again a couple weeks ago and did another practice round and felt a little better about myself. And I found something out on my practice round the day before the tournament started, in my swing, and I got to hit the ball better. And I putted it decent. But believe me I three-putted enough, and I made enough bogies, but I just tried to hang on. Nobody was gonna shoot low. You can see all the scores. This place you hang on by your fingertips. And I kept trying to stay in the game.”
The Gulf States PGA would like to thank our sponsors for this event: Yamaha Golf Car, Hamarki, Cadillac, John Deere, Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour. Also, many thanks to PGA General Manager, Andy Loving, PGA Head Golf Professional, Jim Dorman, Head Golf Course Superintendent, JD Conn, and the rest of the Laurel Country Club Staff for their support.
We wish Jake and Blaine best of luck as they move on to the 33rd Senior PGA Professional Championship, October 21 – 24, 2021 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Join us for our next event, the PGA Jr. League Section Championship at Beau Chene Country Club on August 7th.