JACKSON, TN – The 53rd Tennessee PGA Professional Championship is now complete and a champion has been crowned. Over the course of the three day championship fifty-three players took the historic Jackson Country Club. Players battled to finish top four spots in the 2022 PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX. In addition, professionals played for a total purse of $41,000 with the first place prize of $7,000 up for grabs. After a grueling 54-hole event in hot and humid conditions, Loren Personett, PGA, of McCabe Golf Course, took home a well-deserved victory at the 2021 Tennessee PGA Professional Championship.
The course showed its teeth over the three rounds as players battled the midday heat for the most difficult holes. As warned by Byron Nelson, holes 10 and 12 presented a challenge to the players. The 440 yard par-four tenth played the most difficult over the course of the 54-holes posting a scoring average of 4.77. Loren Personett, PGA was the only player to record an eagle on the hole with a holeout from the fairway. In addition over the course of the event only five birdies were claimed on the hole. The 448 yard par-four twelfth played the second most difficult hole on the course this week. Through the first 18-holes of the tournament the field posted a 4.72 scoring average on the hole and over the course of the week would finish with a 4.48 average.
Walt Chapman, PGA, of Fairways and Greens, posted the low round for the first day carding five birdies and an eagle with just two bogeys to finish at 4-under par (68). Chapman was able to gain his lead by seeing some putts drop. “I was able to hit greens on those difficult holes and was able to make some putts… some twenty footers, trying to putt defensively, but they went in,” said Chapman reflecting on his round.
Golfers were greeted with similar conditions in the second round with a heat index reaching triple digits midday, but that didn’t stop some from posting low rounds.
Josh Bevell, PGA of Profectus Golf, had a hot start to his second round carding two birdies in his first three holes to grab a share of the lead. Bevell would bogey hole four, but immediately bounced back with an eagle on the par-five fifth. Bevell recorded three straight birdies on holes seven through nine to make the turn at 6-under par. Bevell was cruising through the back nine as he grew the lead over the field to as many as four shots. However, he found trouble on the par 5 seventh when he hit his tee shot out of bounds that spiraled into him taking an eight for the hole and dropping three shots. Bevell finished the round with a 66 (-6) to move to 8-under overall for the tournament giving him a one shot lead heading into the final round.
Two-time Tennessee PGA Professional Championship Champion Loren Personett, PGA had a fantastic round as well posting a 66 (-6), tying Bevell’s tournament low, to move into solo second after 36-holes. Personett also made the turn at 6-under par and found his only trouble of the day on the tenth where he recorded a double bogey. Personett sat at 7-under overall heading into the final round.
In the final 18-holes Personett got off to a good start with birdie on the first and he would keep the foot on the gas. Personett carded four straight birdies from holes five to eight to make the turn with a 31 (-5) to hold a two-shot lead at 12-under par overall.
The birdie train was derailed as Personett started the back nine with two straight bogeys to drop to 10-under. “There are some really good par-fours out here,” said Personett.
Bevell saw the door open with his birdie on the fourteenth to grab a share of the lead at 10-under. Personett would then answer back on the par five fifthteenth with a birdie of his own to regain the lead by one-shot with three to play.
Down the stretch Personett and Bevell both finished par, bogey, birdie. Personett capped his round off by walking in a 20-foot birdie putt to win the 53rd Tennessee Professional Championship by one-shot at 11-under par overall 205.
Throughout the championship Personett played the par fours the best among the field recording 15 pars, 10 birdies, and an eagle. “There are some really good par-fours out here,” said Personett. “The holes 10,11, and 12 are some of the best around.”
“I hit it pretty solid, but the difference was I putted good all three rounds,” said Personett when talking about his week. “I really managed the greens really well.”
Bevell went on to finish runner-up posting a final score of 10-under par, 206.
Walt Chapman, PGA, of Fairways and Greens, finished third after posting rounds of 68-70-70 to finish 8-under par overall, 208.
Tanasi Golf Course Professional Casey Flenniken tied the low round of the final round posting a 68 (-4) to finish in fourth at 7-under par overall, 209.
Personett, Bevell, Chapman, and Flenniken round out the team of four that will represent the section at the 2022 PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX April 17th – 22nd.
Bobby Cochran, PGA, of Colonial Country Club, will be the first alternate for the tournament, Johan Kok, PGA, of Troubadour Golf and Field Club, will be the second alternate, Jared Melson, PGA, of Bear Trace at Tims Ford is the third alternate, and Dan Parker, PGA will be the fourth alternate.
The 53rd Tennessee PGA Professional Championship is an official TN Rolex Player of the Year points event.
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About Jackson Country Club
Over 100 years of golf tradition at Jackson Country Club paired with a carefully manicured and classically designed golf course has made JCC a favorite in the West TN region. Known for firm fast greens, pure fairways, and a wind that can almost seemingly be in your face on every hole, makes the course a true test of golf. The course is not your typical country club layout and because of the ever changing wind conditions each round at the club will be fun, challenging, and different. You will certainly use all of the clubs in your bag almost every round at JCC.
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