9.20.2016-- Wailea, Maui | Hawaii
– Kevin Hayashi (Hilo, Hawaii, shown above center) posted a two-day
total (66-72=138) to win the Aloha Section PGA Professional
Championship and PGA Professional Championship qualifier at
Wailea Gold Course. As the champion,
Hayashi earns a spot in the 2017 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII at Waialae
Country Club, January 12-15 in Honolulu. He will also represent
the Aloha Section at the 50th PGA Professional
Championship, June 25-28, 2017, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver,
Hayashi’s winning total of (138) finishing at 6-under
par was a two-stroke
finish ahead of Kevin Carll (Waialae
Country Club) and Eddie Lee (Wailea Golf Academy), who both
finished at (140). Carll will earn the second Section spot to
join Hayashi at the 50th PGA Professional
Championship at Sunriver Resort in 2017. Lee was not eligible to
advance to the National event,
but will share the second place winnings with Carll.
The PGA Professional Championship will mark its fourth
visit to Sunriver Resort and first since 2013. The Championship
brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA
of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
In 2017, the Championship field will compete at Sunriver
Resort, home to two of the country’s premier public/resort
courses. The Championship will be contested on the Crosswater
Club and Meadows Golf Course.
Sunriver’s 605-acre resort is positioned between the Big
Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers. Inspired by the Scottish
highlands, Crosswater Club opened for play in 1995 as a
heathland-style course offers a perfect blend of strategy and
aesthetics. The course features a wide range of fairway lengths
and the constant interplay of wetlands, ponds, and rivers.
Designed by Bob Cupp, the par-72 Crosswater Golf Club
played to 7,530 yards in the 2013 Championship, which made it
the second longest layout in event history. The Meadows Golf
Course, a collaborative effort between Fred Federspiel and John
Fought, also is a par-71 layout that was played at 6,969 yards
in the Championship. The Meadows winds its way along the great
meadow and through groves of Ponderosa Pines.
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 2017 will earn berths into the 99th
PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13, 2017, at Quail Hollow Club in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
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 Companies, 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.
Aloha Section PGA's web site for more
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