KNOXVILLE – Scott Moran, of Knoxville, edged out Mt. Juliet’s Loren Personett in a playoff to win the 46th Tennessee Section PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday at Holston Hills Country Club
Moran will lead six section PGA professionals to compete in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship from June 21-24 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Moran turned in a winning total of 9-under par to capture the Tennessee PGA Professional Champion title. Personett was runner-up, also finishing at 9-under-par, but came up short in the playoff. They were joined by Audie Johnson, of Mt. Juliet; Johan Kok, of Brentwood; Henrik Simonsen, of Ooltewah; and Glenn Hudson, of La Follette.
Moran and Personett provided some excitement after eagling and birdying, respectively, hole No. 17 to even their low scores of 9-under par. Both made par on hole No. 18 to force a playoff, which was held on No. 18. Moran drained a 6-foot uphill birdie putt to claim the championship.
Simonson birdied his last five holes, just enough for him to earn a qualifying spot. Johnson has had an unforgettable year, qualifying for all three national championships.
Returning for a second time to the Philadelphia PGA Section, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide sections. In 2015, the National Championship field will compete at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, 20 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia. The renowned club will utilize the historic Wissahickon Course, built by A.W. Tillinghast in 1922, and the Militia Hill Course, a 2002 design by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The par-70, 7,119-yard Wissahickon Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes, and is a past member of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, while the par-72, 7,199-yard Militia Hill Course is a regular “Top 25” Golf Digest selection in Pennsylvania.
The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, will be broadcast (all four rounds) by the Golf Channel. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.
The low 20 scorers in 2015 will earn berths into the 97th PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.
In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA professional national championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.
The 41 section championships and the national championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.