From the Northern Texas PGA:
MCKINNEY, TEXAS – Dean Larsson, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club, began his final round only two shots off the lead at 2-under par. Larsson was chasing first round leaders Billy Harris, head golf professional at Dallas Country Club, Jamie Elliott, director of instruction at Bridlewood Golf Club, Christopher Brown, teaching professional at Turtle Hill Golf Course and Troy Lewis, assistant golf professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club who all began the final round in a tie for first place at 4-under par.
After a slow start which included a double bogey on his second hole, Larsson played the next sixteen holes at 10-under par which included birdies on his last five holes to fire the low round of the tournament of 64 (8-under par). His two round total of 134 (10-under par) was enough to clinch his victory by three shots over Jamie Elliott who finished at 7-under par for the tournament with rounds of 68 and 69.
This marks Larsson’s 12th individual NTPGA Major Championship and third this year as he also captured the NTPGA Eastern Championship and NTPGA Assistants’ Championship. This is Larsson’s first NTPGA Professional Championship. He moved into fourth all-time on the individual NTPGA Major Championships won list surpassing Robert Hoyt who he was tied with at eleven individual major victories. Larsson is closing the gap swiftly on Perry Arthur who leads the individual majors won list with 18 victories. Benny Passons (16) and Lindy Miller (14) sit in second and third on the list.
Larsson will lead eight (8) PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section to the PGA Professional National Championship at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana to be conducted on June 27 – June 30, 2010.
Joining Larsson will be Jamie Elliott, director of instruction at Bridlewood Golf Club, Bruce Smith, director of instruction at Brookhaven Country Club, Billy Harris, head golf professional at Dallas Country Club, Jeffrey Barton, assistant golf professional at Preston Trail Golf Club, Rodney Cook, teaching professional at Four Seasons Resort & Club, Larry Bryan, head golf professional at Big Spring Country Club and Jim Stalder, head golf professional at Hurricane Creek Country Club. The top 20 players from the 2010 PGA National Professional Championship will compete in the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin .
This 36-hole NTPGA Section major championship is the third of the four individual stroke play championships that comprise the Cleveland Golf Srixon / Club Car NTPGA Player of the Year Points Challenge, as well as a qualifier for points to make the 2009 NTPGA Match Play Championship and Texas Joe Black Cup team. The NTPGA Professional Championship was presented by Titliest, FootJoy, Cobra and Club Car and supported by the HP Byron Nelson Championship, PGA Tour and SkyGolf. The Championship was conducted at TPC Craig Ranch a 7,168 yard par 72 layout located in McKinney, Texas.
The Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship featured 110 Section members who competed for the $25,500.00 purse with Larsson taking home $3,500.00.
Dean Larsson, Bent Tree Country Club, 70-64--134
Jamie Elliott, Bridlewood Golf Club, 68-69--137
Bruce Smith, Brookhaven Country Club, 70-68--138
Billy Harris, Dallas Country Club, 68-70--138
Jeffrey Barton, Preston Trail Golf Club, 73-66--139
Rodney Cook, Four Seasons Resort & Club, 69-70--139
Larry Bryan, Big Spring Country Club, 71-69--140
Jim Stalder, Hurricane Creek Country Club, 69-71--140