Thirty-six (36) PGA members of the Aloha Section teed it up today at Wailea Emerald in the 2015 Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship.
Leading the field at 3-under par is Kevin Carll (Waialae Country Club) with an impressive (35-34=69) finish. One stroke back of Carll is Garrett Okamura (The Dunes at Maui Lani) posting a (35-35=70) and PGA Champions Tour member Dave Eichelberger is tied in 3rd place at 1-under (71) with Eddie Lee (The David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Wailea).
The champion of this combined event will earn a spot in the 2016 SONY OPEN in HAWAII, which will be played at Waialae Country Club, January 14-18, 2016 and represent the Aloha Section at 49th PGA Professional National Championship, June 26-29, 2016, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. The second place finisher will also be in attendance at the 49th PGA Professional National Championship.
The PGA Professional Championship will mark its second visit to Turning Stone Resort and first since 2006. The Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
In 2016, the Championship field will compete at Turning Stone Resort, home to three of the country’s premier public/resort courses. The Championship will be contested on the Atunyote Golf Club and the Shenendoah Golf Club.
Atunyote (pronounced “uh-DUNE-yo”), which will host the final 36 holes of the Championship, was the site of the former Turning Stone Resort Championship (2007-10) on the PGA TOUR. Both courses have hosted former PGA Regional Professional and Section Championships. Turning Stone also boasts a third championship course, Kaluhyat Golf Club.
The PGA Professional Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by Golf Channel. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.
The low 20 scorers in 2016 will earn berths into the 98th PGA Championship, July 28-31, 2016, at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.
In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA TOUR events over a 12-month period.
Established in 1968, The PGA Professional Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier TOUR professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.
The PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade Golf Company, and the PGA TOUR. Golf Channel is the official media partner. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.
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