National is stillaccepting entries for the PNW PGA Professional Championship at Canyon River Golf Course on September 22-24, 2015. The entry deadline is Tuesday, July 7th at 2:00 PM. You may register for this event through PGA of America Membership services at 800-474-2776 or at www.pgatournaments.com. Please pay attention to the 2:00 PM entry deadline for this event!
Your Section Championship & Qualifier for the National PGA Championship
This championship confers the title of “The Pacific Northwest Section Champion”. It is the most important and elite PNW PGA tournament of the season.
Eligibility: You must be employed in one of the following classifications as of July 7th to be eligible to play in the PNW PGA Professional Championship: MP, A-1, A-2, A-4, A-5, A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9, A-10, A-11, A-12, A-13, A-14, A-15, A-16, A-17, A-18, A-19, A-20, A-21, A-22, A-23, A-24, LMA and LMMA.
Advancement: Top finishers in our PNW PGA Professional Championship will advance directly to the 49th PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Resorts Atunyote and Shenandoah Courses, Verona, New York on June 26-29, 2016.
The Return to Canyon River GC
The PNW PGA Professional Championship was held at Canyon River in 2010 and we are glad to be welcomed back! Host PGA Professional Edward Bezanson and his staff are excited to host this year’s championship.
Canyon River Golf Course was designed by Lee E. Schmidt, ASGCA/Brian Curley, ASGCA and opened in 2006. Canyon River meanders through towering pines and native grasslands. It offers numerous lakes and riparian marshes located throughout the property that come into play on seven holes. The mountains around the course provide for some amazing views of scenic Montana. The course was named by Golf Digest as one of the top ten new public courses to play in 2008.
A Tradition of Competition
The Section Championship dates back to 1934, with Verne Torfin winning the title at Fircrest GC. In 2000, the Pacific Northwest PGA Championship merged with the Section CPC to create one great tournament experience, with the top finishers going on to compete at the National PGA Championship.
Only open to Section Professionals, this event draws the strongest field of PGA members in the Northwest. Last year, Brian Thornton PGA Teaching Professional of Meridian Valley CC won the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship by one stroke over Jeff Coston PGA Teaching Professional of Semiahmoo G&CC. Thornton previously won this event in 2007 at Suncadia Resort.
Last year, seven professionals advanced to the 48th PGA Professional National Championship June 28 – July 1, 2015, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club – Wissahickon Course – in Philadelphia, PA. Watch these seven players this June: Brian Thornton, Darren Black of Rainier G&CC, Greg Manley of Meridian Valley CC, Casey McCoy of Newaukum Valley GC, Chris Griffin of Tacoma C&GC, Tony Robydek of Pro Golf Discount – Tacoma and Chris Koch of Salish Cliffs GC.
For the complete list of PNW PGA Professional Champions, click here to visit the PNW PGA historical site.
Get Ready to Play
The more players sign up, the more spots we receive to advance to the PGA Professional Championship next June. Additionally, the purse increases as our player numbers increase.
CLICK HERE for the PNW PGA Professional Championship flyer. Show it to your bosses to remind them that you need time off, or give a copy to your fellow professionals to encourage them to compete.
Also note, the PGA of America has adopted the condition of competition for Grooves and/or Punch Marks at the Section level of the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship. ALL PLAYERS MUST comply with this condition of competition.