Tim Thelen, director of instruction at The Traditions Club at Texas A&M in Bryan, won a sudden-death playoff with David Von Hoffman to win the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club
Thelen held a four-stroke lead over Von Hoffman and Brad Lardon, director of golf at Miramont, heading into the third and final round of the championship.
"I didn’t hit the ball very well today, but I did what I needed to do," said Thelen, "and it feels good to win. I had played really solid in the first two rounds, but something was just kind of off today."
Thelen made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation play to force the playoff— Von Hoffman had moved into a 1-shot lead after Thelen took bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes. His final-hole par left Thelen needing the birdie to force extra holes when both finished regulation play tied at 6-under-par 210.
The tournament was settled on the first hole of the playoff when Von Hoffman suffered a bogey and Thelen scored a two-putt par on Miramont’s 10th hole.
Thelen, who also won the STPGA Professional Championship in 2001, earned $7,500 for the championship, while Von Hoffman, an assistant professional at Escondido in Horseshoe Bay, took home the runner-up share of $5,500 for his efforts.
Brad Lardon, winner of the 2006 STPGA Professional Championship and the director of golf at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club, finished in third place at 69-71-71—211 winning $4,000 in prize money.
Darron Green, an Austin-based product manager with Callaway Golf, finished in fourth place with a score of 73-71-69—213 for $$3,200.
Four golfers - Houston’s David Lundstrom (a four-time winner of the STPGA Professional Championship), Wes Skaggs, head professional at Leander’s Crystal Falls Golf Course, Ryan Polzin, an assistant professional at Houston’s Royal Oaks Country Club, and Matt Trevino, head professional at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville - tied for fifth place at 1-under-par 215 and winnings of $2,175 each.
A total of 11 Southern Texas PGA professionals will be playing in the 42nd PGA Professional Championship, scheduled for June 28-July 1, 2009, at Twin Warriors Golf Club and Santa Ana Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
Thelen was already exempt into the tournament field, on the strength of his fourth-place finish in the 2008 tournament and his status as a past champion (2000, 2003).
Joining him as a result of their play in the 2009 STPGA Professional Championship are: Von Hoffman; Lardon; Green; Skaggs, Polzin, Trevino; Jesse Horner, head professional at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Caprock Course; Robert Thompson, teaching professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity; John Gibson, head professional at Bushwood Golf Center in Houston; and Billy Sitton Jr., managing director of Club Corp’s international office in Houston.
p-Tim Thelen, College Station, 67-69-74—210
David Von Hoffmann, Austin, 71-69-70—210
Brad Lardon, Bryan, 69-71-71—211
Darron Green, Austin, 73-71-69—213
David Lundstrom, Houston, 74-71-70—215
Wes Skaggs, Leander, 69-74-72—215
Ryan Polzin, Houston, 72-71-72—215
Matt Trevino, Boerne, 71-71-73—215