(Honolulu, Hawaii) (September 29, 2015) – Okamura of Kahului, winner of the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship, September 29, 2015 at the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club will lead 36 Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 49th PGA Professional Championship, June 26-29, 2016, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.
Okamura turned in a winning total of 4-under-par 138 to capture the Aloha Section PGA Professional Champion title. Eddie Lee of Kihei, Maui was runner-up, finishing at 139. They are joined by Kevin Carll of Honolulu, Kevin Hayashi of Hilo, and Kirk Nelson of Kihei.
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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