Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Brown Delivers an NTPGA Section Championship

From the NTPGA - Christopher Brown, teaching professional at Turtle Hill Golf Course (north of Muenster), captured the NTPGA Section Championship title in a two-hole playoff against Perry Arthur, teaching professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course. Both players fired rounds of 67 (-5), five under par, to finish in a tie.

Brown set the pace with an opening nine holes of 32 (-4) four under par and closed with a 35 (-1) under par to complete his bogey free round. Arthur only trailed Brown by one shot with a front nine score of 33 (-3) three under par and was able to catch Brown with a back nine score of 34 (-2) two under par.

Brown and Arthur both birdied their first playoff hole (390 yard, par 4, 18th hole). Brown was able to make par on the second playoff hole (168 yard, par 3, 16th hole) to top Arthur’s bogey. This is Brown's first NTPGA individual major championship.

He was awarded $8,000.00 for capturing the 2009 NTPGA Section Championship title and earned an exemption into the next year's PGA TOUR HP Byron Nelson Championship to be conducted May 20-23, 2010 at Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving , Texas .

The Championship was contested over 18-holes due to inclement weather that rendered the golf course unplayable on the scheduled first day of play.

The NTPGA Section Championship presented by HP Byron Nelson Championship, NIKE Golf, PGA TOUR, TELOS Fitness Center and VaNu was conducted at Dallas Athletic Club (Blue Course). The 6,922-yard, par 72 course is located in Mesquite , Texas . The field consisted of 98 PGA professionals from the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America competing for a $45,200.00 purse and the prestigious title of NTPGA Section Champion.

The Championship is this year's fourth and final individual stroke play championship and Player of the Year points. The four events - the Eastern, Western, PGA Professional Championship and NTPGA Section Championship - are used as qualifiers for the year-end Cleveland Golf / Srixon & Club Car Match Play Championship, Player of the Year Points Challenge, the Ben Hogan/NTPGA Scoring Average Award and the Texas Joe Black Cup team.

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