Congratulations to Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at the Hideout Golf Club, who claimed victory today at the 25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz.  Fieger finished with a 72-hole total of 13-under-par 275 for a six-stroke victory, to become the fifth South Florida PGA Section member to capture the Leo Fraser Trophy. He earned a check of $20,000 in the $285,000 Championship, and didn’t let a closing bogey spoil the celebration.

“I’ve always said it would be nice to come up the 18th hole with a six- or seven-shot lead,” said Fieger. “Then when you have one, you still feel tentative. I hit it over the green at 18, not wanting to go into the water. I had a bad lie near a drain behind the green and ended up hitting a poor chip and made a bogey.”
Don Berry of Rogers, Minn., who rallied with birdies on five of his last eight holes for a 70, was runner-up at 281. He joined Fieger as the only players to post four sub-par rounds.
“It looks like I won the B Tournament,” said Berry, the PGA head professional at Edinburgh USA Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Jeff Coston of Blaine, Wash., (69), Steve Parker of Houston, Texas (73) and Frank Esposito Jr. of Monroe Township, N.J. (73) shared third at 283.
Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, the 1995 PGA Professional National Champion who was making his Championship debut, finished in a tie for 10th after a 67, the low round of the day.
The low 35 finishers earned a trip to the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
The Championship was postponed since last October due to a week of heavy rain in northern Virginia, but went smoothly at PGA Golf Club for 264 entrants despite facing a four-day gauntlet of shifting wind.
Fieger’s work week featured 16 birdies, an eagle and five bogeys, which made it appear that he was playing a different course than his opponents.
“I don’t play too many four-round tournaments, but this was a thrill,” said Fieger, whose best previous Championship performance was a tie for 15th in 2010. “I broke 70 all four rounds. In this wind, that’s really an accomplishment. I felt at home all four days, and I’ve played here a lot. You get the lead and you just try to get the ball in the fairway and on the green. That’s what I tried to do most of the day. Except for a little stumble in the middle, I hit some great chip shots. It was thrilling.”
Fieger said that he slept well on a four-stroke lead after Thursday’s third round, and began Friday by making birdies at Nos. 2, 6 and 7. He missed the green at 14 and failed to get up and down for par. He arrived at the 495-yard, par-5 16th, where he hit a mammoth drive, and knocked a 9-iron approach from 180 yards to the green. He then made a 25-foot downhill eagle putt.
“Yeah, I hit a 9-iron to that green! It was that kind of wind,” said Fieger. “I was just trying to get my putt close and it never left the line and went right in. It was a bonus.”
Fieger will be making his second appearance in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, having tied for 68th in 2011 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Berry, who has two top-5 performances in the PGA Professional National Championship, found his putting stroke on the back nine Friday.
“I played well this week and actually made some putts on the back nine today,” he said. “I didn’t really putt well all week until then. I can’t wait to go back to the Senior PGA Championship. I made the cut last year [Tied for 35that Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis] and had four good rounds. I’m looking forward to going back and giving it another shot.” 

Gene along with Lee Rinker and Jerry Impellittiere all qualified to compete in the 75th Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan May 22-25.  For complete results click here.

12 SFPGA PGA Professionals Compete in Senior PGA Professional National Championship

The 25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship began today, Tuesday, April 15 and will conclude on Friday, April, 18. This event initially set to be held last October in Northern Virginia was postponed due to inclement weather and unplayable conditions.  PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Is hosting rescheduled event which includes 264 players from all 41 PGA Sections.  Representing South Florida in the field are Peter Beringer, Chris Campbell, Gene Fieger, Jerry Impellittiere, Jim Karr, Ken Martin, Ric Nalyd, Pete Oakley, Brian Peaper, Lee Rinker, Jim Traub and Jerry Tucker.

The top 35 players will qualify for the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. In addition to the top 8 players receiving exemptions into the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship in November.

 Good luck to all competing! To follow their progress this week, click here.


MIKE DERO & MICHAEL REILLY WIN PRO OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIPPLANTATION, Fla. – Mike Dero, PGA and Michael Reilly of Quail Creek Country Club in Naples played a spectacular round of golf together today at Plantation Preserve Golf Course during the 2014 Pro-Official Championship presented by: Club Car & Weather Bug and supported by Club Glove, TravisMathew and Agricredit.  Dero and Reilly finished their round with a team score of 11 under par, 61 just edging out their nearest competitors PGA Professional Tim Collins and Danielle Skorski of The Breakers Ocean Course in scorecard playoff.  Finishing alone in third place with a score of 62 was the team of Jason Hrynkiw, PGA and Bruce Allman from Gleneagles Country Club.   


Ryan Zug, PGA and Bernie Carballo of Admiral’s Cove won the low gross division, also by scorecard playoff, over Nathan Johnson, PGA and Brian Melton of Quail Creek Country Club after shooting a combined score of 66.  For complete results from the Pro Official Championship presented by Club Car & Weather Bug, visit the SFPGA website at or click here.


In addition to the Net and Gross Divisions, four PGA professionals tied for low pro.  Jason Hrynkiw of Gleneagles Country Club, Brett McCurdy of the Breakers Rees Jones Course, Chad Kurmel of Boca Grove Golf and Tennis and Brad McCollum of Ibis Golf & Country Club each shot five under par rounds 67.   


The event consisted of 40 teams, comprised of one South Florida PGA Professional and one official from the Professional’s place of employment, playing in a best ball competition.


The South Florida PGA, one of 41 PGA Section offices throughout the United States, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession.  The South Florida Section is one link in the grass-roots network used to facilitate communication amongst the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and the PGA’s 28,000 members.  The South Florida Section PGA is comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.