Salem, OR – Illahe Hills CC, 6698 yards, Par 72

PGA Professional Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC won the Senior PGA Professional Championship today at Illahe Hills CC by five strokes over PGA Professional Mark Keating of OGA GC, PGA Professional Joe Carranza of Aldarra Golf Club and PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC.

Gibbons fired rounds of 69-68-137.  He also captured the Hugh Starkweather award, which goes to the low professional for both rounds that is 60 years and older.

Gibbons, Keating, Carranza, Steve Stull of Meadow Springs CC, Brent Murray of Lake Oswego CC,  Mike Buss of Salem GC and Scott Krieger of Broadmoor GC all qualified for the 2016 Senior PGA Professional National Championship on November 17th-20th, 2016 at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder courses.  PGA Professional Jeff Coston was already exempt.

PGA Professional Steve Reuhl of Columbia Super Range won the Senior Division by one stroke over PGA Professional Kevin Bishop of Saint Martin’s University.

View final results: https://2016secseniorpga.golfgenius.com


About the Championship

The Senior PGA Professional Championship was established in 1952. This very popular event, for those who are 50 years and older, has seen a major jump since the days of old.  Some can remember all the way back in 1965 when Harry Umbinetti was the top money winner of the event taking home a whopping $250 dollars.  Back then, the championship was held at the Yakima Elks’ Golf and Country Club with only 21 professionals battling it out for the mere sum of $920 dollars.  Throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship has seen many timeless and popular venues.  Places such as Royal Oaks Country Club, Eugene Country Club, Manito Golf and Country Club, and Fircrest Country Club have all been in the mix since the beginning.  The famous Bob Duden won the championship six times during the 70’s and seven times overall.

The Senior PGA Professional Championship is a 36 hole individual competition.  The top 7 finishers in our PNW Section Senior PGA Championship will advance to the 2016 Senior Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz, held November 17-20, 2016 at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses.   Jeff Coston is already exempt for the championship.

Illahe Hills CC

Illahe Hills CC originally opened for play on July 1, 1961. The course was designed by William F. Bell, JR. The greens were rebuilt in 2003 & 2004 making them some of the best greens in the valley. A tree-lined layout creates a challenging golf experience in a park-like setting. Illahe Hills has played host to many of Oregon’s major golf events, as well as USGA Championships.