PNW PGA Professional Championship (PPC)/2019
Prugh Wins PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA
By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs
PGA Professional Corey Prugh of Community Colleges of Spokane won his second Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship by two strokes over defending champion Russell Grove of North Idaho College and Brady Sharp of Wine Valley GC. Prugh’s win earned him the $9,000 first place check and his first victory since he won this event in 2016 at Astoria G&CC.
Prugh compared Section Championship wins thoughtfully, saying, "You know, both here and Astoria meant a lot to me, not only because of the victory but because I had missed making it to the Nationals the previous year or so. Every course and tournament has its challenges, but I was pleased how I was able to battle all the elements this week gave us to come out on top. Comparing one win to another is hard, I would say that this was harder and more satisfying for two reasons. First, it is the first win with my daughter Charlotte in my life, it was so cute hearing her say 'Congratulations Daddy.' And second, I hadn’t won since Astoria and it felt great to get back over that hurdle."
Our Section Professionals played for almost a $76,000 purse with half the field getting paid. The PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA also served as a qualifier.
In addition to Prugh, Grove, Sharp, Jeff Gove, Derek Berg, Tim Feenstra and Brian Thornton all earned spots to advance directly to the 2020 PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA, held at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on April 26–29, 2020. Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 2020 PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA will earn a place in the 102nd PGA Championship at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco, CA, May 11-17, 2020.
When asked how coaching collegiate golf has changed his game and mindset for the sport, Prugh mentioned, "I know that coaching collegiate golf has helped me get back into playing smart golf and practicing better. I feel like being able to watch and react with the kids has helped me see that golf isn’t about the awesome shots you hit but really managing the bad ones. That and short game, short game, short game. Being able to play well, either getting wins or top finishes, is great professionally as a coach. With social media these days I believe it helps bring great exposure to the program as well as help with recruiting. Also it’s pretty cool to have the support from the kids on the team and I think gives them more pride in the team, plus it makes them realize that they should listen to me."
Prugh also commented, "Nationals is the best experience. They treat you so well, the courses are awesome, and I really look forward to every time I get to play in one. You really feel like you are playing in a big tournament when you tee it up, and I love that stage and hope to play in many many more."
What an exciting finish to this year's Section Championship! The Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup Teams were also announced after the PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA. Visit https://2019pnwpointslists.golfgenius.com to see which of your friends earned a spot on these coveted teams, which will represent the PNW PGA against the top 10 amateurs on October 16-18 at Arrowhead GC.
Special thanks go to PGA General Manager Kevin Myers and the staff at Indian Summer G&CC. We also had some amazing Presenting Sponsors with Cadillac, Club Car and Omega, along with Supporting Sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike and TaylorMade, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.
Final results: https://2019secppc.golfgenius.com/pages/2195665