Wednesday, July 18, 2007

STPGA Team Earns Berth in National Team Championship

Passing along this news release:

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – The Southern Texas PGA Section will send PGA Professional Jason Capps and amateurs Trey O’Connell, Jerry Johns and Dennis Hobbs to the inaugural PGA McGladrey Team Championship national finals, Sept. 10-12 at world-renowned Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.

The club qualifying to participate in the National Championship was Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park, Texas.

Each team participating in the National Championship advanced via Local Qualifying Events conducted through the spring and summer months. National Championship field features 41 Section Champion teams composed of one PGA Professional and three amateurs with certified USGA Handicap Indexes. Three rounds of two best net balls of four players will be used to determine scoring in the National Championship.

Conducted by The PGA of America, The PGA McGladrey Team Championship is the first grass-roots amateur best-ball championship managed by The PGA of America. PGA Professionals and amateurs compete for a combined purse of $20,000 at each Section Championship and $200,000 at the National Championship. Amateurs’ purse compensation will be in the form of gift certificates.

The 41 Section Champion teams will converge upon Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, Sept. 10-12, for the National Championship where they will meet two of America’s premier Tour professionals and members of “Team McGladrey” – Masters Champion Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco, a member of four consecutive U.S. Ryder Cup Teams.

Johnson and DiMarco are scheduled to appear at Pinehurst Monday, Sept. 10, where they will spend the day conducting a sponsor clinic and personally greeting the Section Champions.

The National Championship field will compete on three of Pinehurst’s premier layouts, concluding play on Pinehurst No. 2, the site of some of golf’s historic championships, including the 1936 PGA Championship, the 1951 Ryder Cup and the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open.

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