ATLANTIS, FL – Mark Mielke, PGA Life Member qualified for the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship after an impressive outing at the 2019 PGA Professional Championship in Austin, Texas at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa.
Mielke (277) finished tied for eighth to be one of 35 PGA Professionals to qualify for the Senior PGA Championship which is part of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour. The Atlantis, Florida resident was paced by an opening-round 67, to finish 9-under overall and just seven strokes off the lead.
The Senior PGA Professional Championship was played October 3-6 in Austin, Texas with players rotating between Coore Crenshaw Cliffside Course and the Fazio Foothills Course. Mielke, 57, who was named the 2017 Senior Player of the Year for the South Florida Section, followed his 67 with a 68 and a pair of 71s to close out the weekend.
The 264-player Championship, supported by Golf Channel and John Deere, featured a $300,000 total purse. Forty-two states were represented in the field, which was trimmed after two days to the low 90 scorers and ties. The final 36 holes was contested on the Fazio Foothills Course.
Each of the top five earned an exemption into the final stage of the 2019 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. The top eight, including ties, automatically qualified for next year's Championship, to be held Oct. 15-18, 2020, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.