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Bertsch Wins South Florida PGA Professional Championship, Clinches Player of the Year

September 19th, 2019

VERO BEACH (Sept. 19, 2019) – It was a clean sweep for Justin Bertsch.

     Bertsch shot a 2-under 70 Thursday to win the South Florida PGA Professional Championship at Quail Valley Golf Club by two shots over Alan Morin. The victory clinched Player of the Year honors for Bertsch in the South Florida PGA section.

    The former earned the PGA Head Professional at Club Pelican Bay in Naples a spot in the Puerto Rico Open, the latter got him into the Honda Classic.

     “It’s special to win a season-long points race up against Andrew Filbert and Alan Morin, guys who have won Player of the Year in the past,” Bertsch said. “You know they’re not going to fade away. You’ve got to keep doing your best and hope it’s enough.”

     Bertsch shot rounds of 66, 66 and 70, finishing at 14-under 202 while playing twice at Quail Valley and once at Bent Pine. Bertsch and Morin were tied at the turn Thursday, but Bertsch birdied the 10th to take the lead for good.

      “It was really tough conditions today,” Bertsch said of 30-mph winds. “I saw John Lee was 5-under through 12 holes, so I knew I had to keep the pedal to the medal.

      Morin, the PGA Assistant Professional at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches, was trying to win the championship for the sixth time. He settled for his third runner-up finish.
      “I was trying to win No. 6,” Morin said. “It was hard to make birdies. I just couldn’t catch Justin. He hit some really good shots at the right time and I didn’t.”

    Lee of Imperial Golf Club finished third at 11-under 205. Lee shot the round of the tournament when he opened with a 9-under 63 at Bent Pine and closed with a 5-under 67.
      How impressive was Lee’s finish? At 57, Lee is twice the age as some of his competitors and he won this event in 1995.

     “I putted well and I drove it well,” Lee said. “I know some of the closing holes are tough, so I was trying to make as many birdies as I could early in the round. I played great other than the back nine (Wednesday).”

     Tyler Collet (70) of John’s Island West finished fourth at 9-under 207. Patrick Rada (70) of McArthur Club, Justin McCarrahar (67) of Fiddlesticks shared fifth place at 8-under.

    Tied at seventh place at 5-under 211 were John Nieporte (71) of Trump International, Adam Scrimenti (72) of the Country Cub at Coral Springs and Laurie Rinker (74) of Stuart, who earned low woman honors.

      The top 12 finishers qualified for next year’s PGA Professional Championship on April 26-29 in Austin, Texas. That included Matt Newman (69-213) of Broken Sound Club, David Guy (74-213) of Cypress Lake, Zachary Hammerberg (70-1214) of Kelly Greens, Richard Terga (72-214) of the Loxahatchee Club.

     Jeff Waber of Broken Sound Club won a playoff for the final spot with an eagle on the par-5 10th hole. Paul Scaletta of the Bear’s Club settled for first alternate despite making a birdie.
     Bertsch and Filbert, who finished 10th, were already eligible for the PGA Professional Championship after having qualified for this year’s PGA Championship.

      The South Florida PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Omega and is supported by Titleist, FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Whistling Straits, Precise Yardage Books, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.
1    Justin Bertsch     Club Pelican Bay B/C           66-66-70--202 -14
 2    Alan Morin         The Falls Club                 66-67-71--204 -12
 3    John Lee           Imperial GC                    63-74-68--205 -11
 4    Tyler Collet       John's Island - West           68-69-70--207 -9 
 T5   Patrick Rada       McArthur                       70-68-70--208 -8 
 T5   Justin McCarraher  Fiddlesticks                   73-64-71--208 -8 
 T7   Adam Scrimenti     The Country Club of Coral      70-69-72--211 -5 
 T7   John Nieporte      Trump International            72-68-71--211 -5 
 T7   Laurie Rinker      PGA Life Member                71-66-74--211 -5 
 T10  Matt Newman        Broken Sound- Club             70-74-69--213 -3 
 T10  Andrew Filbert     Royal Poinciana- Pines         71-70-72--213 -3 
 T10  David Guy          Cypress Lake CC                70-65-78--213 -3 
 T13  Zachary Hammerberg Kelly Greens G & CC            73-71-70--214 -2 
 T13  Richard Terga      The Loxahatchee Club           72-70-72--214 -2 
 T15  Paul Scaletta      The Bear's Club                75-70-70--215 -1 
 T15  Jeff Waber         Broken Sound Club - Old        72-70-73--215 -1 
 T17  Brett Blackburn    Verandah GC                    76-70-70--216 E  
 T17  Lee Rinker         Emerald Dunes                  69-73-74--216 E  
 T17  Mark Mielke        High Ridge                     72-71-73--216 E  
 T17  Rick Sutton        Broken Sound Club - Old        68-74-74--216 E  
 T17  Dennis Meyer       Dennis Meyer's Golf Schoo      73-68-75--216 E  
 T22  Justin Ahasic      Synergy Golf                   71-74-72--217 +1 
 T22  Jerry Tucker       Jerry Tucker Golf              75-70-72--217 +1 
 T22  Rushi Oza          Jim McLean G School-The B      71-73-73--217 +1 
 T25  Aaron Kelm         Old Marsh                      71-74-73--218 +2 
 T25  Jon Balyeat        Quail Creek CC                 74-72-72--218 +2 
 T25  Victor Tortorici   Sailfish Point                 73-72-73--218 +2 
 T25  Tim Turpen         The Preserve at Ironhorse      76-70-72--218 +2 
 T25  Roger Kennedy      Country Club at Mirasol        72-74-72--218 +2 
 T25  Justin Smith       Bonita Bay West - B. I.        74-73-71--218 +2 
 T25  Jim Karr           Palm Beach                     70-72-76--218 +2 
 T25  Brian Stewart      Club at Renaissance            72-75-71--218 +2 
 T33  Brett McCurdy      The Breakers Rees Jones        70-74-75--219 +3 
 T33  Kyle Sanders       Fairway and Greene             74-71-74--219 +3 
 T33  Rob Lenkey         Fort Lauderdale CC             71-75-73--219 +3 
 T33  David Ladd         The Champions Club             74-73-72--219 +3 
 T33  Brian Herring      Don Law Academy                72-69-78--219 +3 
 T33  Derek Niszczak     Eastpointe CC - East           67-69-83--219 +3  
 39   Adam Miller        Kingsway                       73-75-72--220 +4 
 T40  Joe Beezup         Harbour Ridge Y&CC             73-73-75--221 +5 
 T40  Matt Lucchesi      The Loxahatchee Club           69-74-78--221 +5 
 T40  Nick Pincket       Plantation Preserve GC         69-77-75--221 +5 
 T40  Michael Kostelnik  Lost Tree                      76-71-74--221 +5 
 T40  Lee Stroever       Emerald Dunes                  73-74-74--221 +5 
 T45  Hiroshi Matsuo     Dye Preserve                   73-72-77--222 +6 
 T45  Louie Bartoletti   Seven Bridges at Springtr      73-72-77--222 +6 
 T45  Jordan Burke       Bonita Bay West - B. I.        72-74-76--222 +6 
 T45  Mike San Filippo   Lost Lake                      72-71-79--222 +6 
 T45  Jared Isaacs       Adios                          75-72-75--222 +6 
 T45  Eric Veilleux      The Bear's Club                74-73-75--222 +6 
 T45  JC Anderson        The Club At The Strand         76-71-75--222 +6 
 T45  Adam DeArmond      Bonita National GC             74-74-74--222 +6 
 T53  Christopher Stanko Banyan Golf Club of Palm       73-73-77--223 +7 
 T53  John Elking        Country Club at Mirasol        71-75-77--223 +7 
 T53  Colin Amaral       Country Club at Mirasol        74-74-75--223 +7 
 T53  Brian Peaper       Lost Tree                      75-73-75--223 +7 
 T53  Aaron Sustad       GC at Magnolia Landing         75-73-75--223 +7 
 T53  Jimmy Buell        Country Club at Mirasol        73-75-75--223 +7 
 T59  Rafael Floriani    PGA Education Center           75-71-78--224 +8 
 T59  Don Meadows        Quail Valley                   74-72-78--224 +8 
 T59  Tom Dyer           Old Marsh                      72-76-76--224 +8 
 T62  David Sandberg     Card Sound                     74-73-78--225 +9 
 T62  Jamie Fordyce      PGA GC                         75-73-77--225 +9 
 T62  Josh Brunet        Eagle Lakes GC                 73-75-77--225 +9 
 T62  Peter Oakley       PGA Life Member                73-75-77--225 +9 
 T66  Joe Kern           Grand Harbor G&BC              72-74-81--227 +11
 T66  John Lento         Club at Renaissance            74-74-79--227 +11
 T66  Chris Campbell     PGA Life Member                74-74-79--227 +11
 T69  Jake Pleczkowski   Naples National GC             71-74-83--228 +12
 T69  Maddox Morneau     The Preserve at Ironhorse      72-76-80--228 +12
 T71  Mark Costaregni    Jim McLean G School-The B      76-70-83--229 +13
 T71  Ryan Cameron       Polo Ralph Lauren              73-74-82--229 +13