Stull Wins Sr PGA Championship

Champion Steve Stull and Host Professional Brent Weber

PGA Professional Steve Stull  won the PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship in a SIX hole playoff against Tom Sovay of The GC at Redmond Ridge. Stull and Sovay advanced to the  Senior Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz, where they will represent our Section on  September 28-October 1 at Desert Mountain GC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Also advancing to the National Championship are Rick Fehr of Willows Run GC, Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC, Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC, George Mack Jr of Black Butte Ranch  and Joe Carranza of Aldarra Golf Club.  Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC also will represent our Section as he was exempt.

Steve Reuhl won the Senior Division by three strokes over  Kevin Bishop.

Final results:

Steve Reuhl (Senior Division Champion)

History of 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.

Everett G&CC

Everett Golf and Country Club was founded in 1910 as a 9-hole facility that was designed by their local membership. In 1920, the late Ottar Thomle came up with a design for the second 9-holes. The facility has had some additions over the years from AV Macan and Ted Robinson.The golf course is an old northwest classic – short by modern standards; relatively hilly, smallish well-mounded greens with narrow fairways lined by thousands of stately Douglas Firs.