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Gilley Rallies to Claim Second Title in Three Years

Gilley Rallies to Claim Second Title in Three Years

Chris Gilley, PGA of Seacliff C.C. found himself two down with three to play against Steve Holmes, PGA who played remarkably steady golf all week and didn’t look to leave any openings for Gilley. On 16 however, Gilley found a crease after he played a great wedge shot to make birdie while Holmes couldn’t convert a difficult short-sided up and down to match the birdie. On 17, Gilley made the only par of the day on the difficult par 3 while Holmes’ par attempt slid just below the hole. With the match square going into the 18th hole, both players struck beautiful drives and had similar approaches to a well protected green. Gilley played first and stuck his approach to 6 feet to put the pressure on. Holmes’ approach ended up around 30 feet below the hole and had a makeable birdie putt.  His attempt just burned the edge of the hole and par was conceded. In 2012, Gilley defeated Chris Starkjohann, PGA of Torrey Pines Gold Club & Outings in the very same situation by making birdie on the 18th hole. This time, Gilley confidently rolled the six foot putt in and had completed a remarkable comeback to capture his second SCPGA Match Play Championship.

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Family Golf Day

Family Golf Day

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Swing Tip Tuesday – Bob Knee, PGA

Swing Tip Tuesday – Bob Knee, PGA

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Three Southern California PGA Professionals Earn Spots in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open

Three Southern California PGA Professionals Earn Spots in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open

Southern California PGA Professionals Ron Skayhan of Hillcrest Country Club, David Podas of Bel Air Golf Club and Tim Parun of Sail Ho Golf Club punched their tickets to the upcoming US Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla. The three took similar, but different roads to earn their spot in the National Championship being played July 10th-13th.  Skayhan was tied low medalist at the El Caballero Country Club qualifier here in Southern California. Podas qualified through the sectional qualifier held at the Goose Creek Golf Club. Parun made a quick stop at Brookstone Golf & Country Club in Acworth, Georgia on his way to compete in the 47th PGA Professional Championship. In that qualifier, Parun would finish third and claim the last spot into the championship field. Parun has already made the cut at the Senior PGA Championship this year and looks to make an impact at his second major championship of the year.  Congratulations to all three on qualifying and representing the Southern California PGA Section. Good luck to Tim, Ron and David in the US Senior Open this week! 

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Michael Block, PGA National Champion to compete in SCPGA Match Play Championship

Michael Block, PGA National Champion to compete in SCPGA Match Play Championship

Michael Block, PGA of Arroyo Trabuco G.C. is set to defend his SCPGA Match Play title at The Grand Golf Club in Del Mar, Calif. this coming week. Block, who recently captured the 47th PGA Professional National Championship, will face Chi Choi, PGA of California Country Club in the first round. A potential Quarter-Final storyline could be Block facing Ron Skayhan, PGA of Hillcrest C.C. who will be playing in the U.S. Senior Open this week.

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Swing Tip Tuesday – John Klug, PGA

Swing Tip Tuesday – John Klug, PGA

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Southern California Michael Block, PGA Claims PGA Professional National Championship

Southern California Michael Block, PGA Claims PGA Professional National Championship

Not since Jeff Freeman won the 1999 PGA Professional National Championship at Whistling Straits has a Southern California PGA Professional been crowned a National Champion. Michael Block, of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, added his name to the list of champions as he claimed the 47th PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday, June 25th. In a playoff against Northern Ohio Member Jamie Broce, Block made birdie on the second play-off hole to win the title. Block is the ninth person to win the Walter Hagen Cup on their first try.

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Good Luck to Southern California PGA Representatives at the PGA Professional National Championship

Good Luck to Southern California PGA Representatives at the PGA Professional National Championship

Good luck to Southern California PGA Professionals Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Jeffery Cranford of The Palms Golf Club, Eric Lohman of Monarch Beach Golf Links, Matt MacConnell of The Madison Club, Mike Miles of Old Ranch Country Club, Mike Mitchell of the Hideaway, Tim Parun of Sail Ho Golf Club, Alan Scheer of Steele Canyon Golf Club, Brent Smith of Ivey Ranch Country Club, and Chris Starkjohann of Torrey Pines Gold Club and Outings! They will represent the Southern California PGA in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and Omega at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and The Resort Club at Grande Dunes June 22-25.

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