Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thelen Wins STPGA Pro Championship

From the STPGA - Defending champion Tim Thelen of College Station lurked just off the pace for the first two rounds of the 2009 Southern Texas PGA Professional Championship at Frederickburg’s Boot Ranch, and was two strokes out of the lead heading into the third and final round.

He posted a final round 66 to finish with a bang and won the STPGA’s biggest annual tournament going away, posting a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 70-70-66—206 to finish six strokes ahead of Austin’s David Von Hoffman and Houston’s Ryan Polzin. The win, earning $7,750, was Thelen’s third in the STPGA Professional Championship.

Already four strokes in the lead when he reached the 15th hole of the final round, Thelen salted the victory away with birdies on three of his last four holes. Thelen played the tournament’s final 30 holes without suffering a bogey while racking up seven birdies. His final round 66 cleared the way for Thelen to take his third title in the STPGA Professional Championship; his first win came in 2001.

“The first two days, I played pretty solid golf,” said Thelen. “I really just didn’t miss a golf shot during the final round. I only missed two greens and my putts were just going in.”

“In this Section, with as many good players as the STPGA has, it’s just fun to go play and win,” added Thelen. “It tough, but it’s fun.”

With Von Hoffman (68-74-70—212) and Polzin 71-70-71—212) tied for second place and winning $5,250 each, Leander’s Wes Skaggs (71-73-69—213) and James Brown of Katy (71-72-70—213) tied for fourth place and $3,125 each.

San Antonio’s Randy Jones (74-69-71—214) and Carl Cooper of Humble (68-70-76—214) finished in a sixth-place tie to earn $2,375 apiece.

The top 10 finishers in the tournament earned the added prize of qualifying for the field of the 2010 PGA Professional Championship. The national championship will be played June 27-30, 2010, at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Thelen, exempt from qualifying as a two-time past champion of the tournament, leads the pack.

He will be joined by qualifiers David Von Hoffman of Austin, Ryan Polzin of Houston, Humble’s Carl Cooper, Wes Skaggs of Leander, and James Brown of Katy.

Also heading for the national championship event are Randy Jones of San Antonio, Horseshoe Bay’s Jesse Horner, Bryan’s Brad Lardon, Toby Grubert of Katy and Steve Bowman of Pearland.

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