Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton, PGA Teaching Professional at Meridian Valley CC won his second Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship today by one stroke over PGA Teaching Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC. Thornton birdied the last hole to capture the win.  He last won this event in 2007 at Suncadia Resort.

PGA Professional Darren Black of Rainier G&CC and PGA Professional Greg Manley of Meridian Valley CC finished in a tie for third place.

The PGA Professional is a 54-hole championship. The top 7 professionals all earned a spot to the PGA Professional National Championship, June 28-July 1, 2015, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club – Wissahickon Course – in Philadelphia, PA.

Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 48th PGA Professional National Championship next June will earn a place in the 97th PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, 2015 at Whistling Straits, Straits Course in Kohler, WI.

In 2000, the Pacific Northwest PGA Championship and the Section CPC merged to create one great tournament experience, with the top finishers going on to compete at the National PGA CPC Championship.  With a name change in 2006, the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship now draws the strongest field of PGA members in the Northwest.

Final results can be found at

CLICK HERE to view past champions of the PGA Professional Championship.

Salish-CliffsSalish Cliffs GC is a Gene Bates designed golf course which opened in September of 2011.  Owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe and operated by Little Creek Casino Resort, the golf course covers over 300 acres through the Kamilche Valley.  Rich, lush forestry encircles 16 of the 18 holes that feature dramatic views of the valley and smooth elevation changes of over 600 feet.  The playing surfaces consist of T-1 Bent grass on the tees, fairways and greens.  The roughs are pure rye grass with a border of native fescue outside.  Several wetlands are located within the courses design and both the front and back nine finish by sharing a massive double-green.