Thursday, September 20, 2007

STPGA Championship Goes to Alexander

Lonny Alexander is the winner of the Southern Texas PGA's Professional Championship, and earns a spot in the field at the PGA of America's Professional National Championship (formerly known as the Club Professionals Championship, or CPC). That's the tournament whose top finishers gain automatic entry into the PGA Championship.

Here's the report from the STPGA:

New Braunfels’ Lonny Alexander, the teaching professional at Austin’s Onion Creek Club, posted a sparking 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204 to win the 2007 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club in Montgomery.

Alexander finished eight strokes better than runner-up Robert Thompson of Huntsville for the win and $6,500 in earnings. Thompson, the teaching professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, posted a total of 212 to take home second-place money of $5,000.

Houston’s Mike Kullberg, head golf professional at Houston National Golf Club in Cypress, finished in third place at 216, earning a check for $3,500.

The STPGA Professional Championship also serves as a qualifying event for the PGA of America’s Professional National Championship.

Alexander, Thompson and Kullberg will be joined at the national event by: Boerne’s Tim Hobby, the teaching professional at The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio; Houston’s Ken Kelley, the head golf professional at Walden on Lake Houston Country Club in Humble: Leander’s Wes Skaggs, head golf professional at Crystal Falls Golf Course in Leander; Montgomery’s Dean Choate and Bruce Smith of College Station.
College Station’s Tim Thelen, the director of instruction at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M, and Bryan’s Brad Lardon, director of golf at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, will also be in the field for the national event. Thelen was exempt from qualifying as a past winner and his Top 20 finish in the 2007 championship, and Lardon was exempt from qualifying for his Top 20 finish in the 2007 national tournament.

Top Finishers
Lonny Alexander, New Braunfels, 66-69-69--204
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, 71-71-70--212
Mike Kullberg, Houston, 75-68-73--216
Brad Lardon, Bryan, 76-75-67--218
Tim Hobby, Boerne, 72-75-71--218
Ken Kelley, Houston, 73-72-73--218
Wes Skaggs, Leander, 67-77-74--218
Full Results

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