(Loudon, TN) – The 54th Tennessee PGA Professional Championship is now complete and a champion has been crowned. Over the course of the three day championship 52 players were tested at Tennessee National Golf Club. Players battled for four qualifying spots in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship at Twin Warriors & Santa Ana Pueblo Golf Clubs in New Mexico. In addition, professionals played for a total purse of $38,250 with the first place prize of $6,500 up for grabs. After a grueling 54-hole event in hot and humid conditions, Casey Flenniken, PGA, of Tansi Golf Course, took home a well-deserved victory at the 2022 Tennessee PGA Professional Championship.
The course showed its teeth over the three rounds with a scoring average of 75.08. Holes 16 and 17 proved to be the most difficult holes for players and the par-three seventeenth would be the difference maker down the stretch. The 442 yard par-four sixteenth played the second hardest posting a scoring average of 4.57. In addition, over the course of the event the hole allowed only allowed nine birdies, the least amount of birdies over the course. The 180 yard par-three seventeenth played the most difficult on the course this week with a scoring average of 3.60. The seventeenth provided drama as Johan Kok, PGA and Casey Flenniken, PGA were tied going down the stretch.
Bobby Cochran, PGA, of Colonial Country Club, posted the low round for the first day carding a bogey free round and seven birdies to finish at 7-under par (65). Cochran was able to gain his lead by seeing some putts drop early, opening his tournament with three birdies through his first four holes.
Golfers were greeted with similar conditions in the second round with another hot August day, but that didn’t stop some from posting low rounds.
Bill Breen, PGA of Harpeth Valley Golf Center, fired a 67 (-5) to add to his 4-under par first round performance to take over first place after 36-holes. Breen carried a one shot lead over Braxton Hunter, PGA going into the final round. Four professionals were tied for third at 7-under par through 36 holes.
Going into the final round Johan Kok, Scott Moran, Bobby Cochran, and Casey Flenniken all were two shots off the leader Bill Breen. Kok came out of the gate firing, opening his round with three birdies through his first four holes. Kok moved to 10-under par overall to hold a two-shot lead when storms began to roll in suspending play.
After a three hour weather delay, Kok came out just as hot, carding back-to-back birdies on holes five and six to move to 12-under par. Kok made the turn at 6-under par on the round and 13-under overall. Kok would give a shot back on the 10th to drop to 12-under overall as Casey Flenniken made the turn at 4-under par and 11-under overall.
Kok would answer back with another streak of birdies on holes 11 through 13 to move to 15-under overall. Going blow for blow Flenniken carded his second eagle of the tournament on the par five eleventh to get to 13-under.
Flenniken saw the door open after recording back to back birdies on thirteen and fourteen to move into a tie with Kok at 15-under. Both Flenniken and Kok would drop a shot on the par four fifteenth to sit at 14-under going down the stretch.
The par three seventeenth proved to be the difference going down the stretch. Kok would drop a shot after not being able to get up-and-down moving him to 14-under par going into the 54th hole. Flenniken went on to make par on the hole to take a one-shot lead heading into the final hole.
Kok’s opportunity for birdie on eighteen slid by getting him in the clubhouse at 14-under par for the tournament leaving Flenniken only needing a par to win. Flenniken would go on to par the hole to win the 54th Tennessee Professional Championship by one-shot at 15-under par overall, 202.
Throughout the championship Flenniken played the par threes the best among the field recording 7 pars and 4 birdies. Flenniken also tied for most eagles in the tournament after recording two eagles on the par five eleventh.
Kok went on to finish runner-up posting a final score of 14-under par, 203.
Bill Breen, PGA, finished third after posting rounds of 68-67-71 to finish 10-under par overall, 206.
McCabe Golf Course Professional Loren Personett finished in fourth at 9-under par overall, 207.
Flenniken, Kok, Breen, and Personett round out the team of four that will represent the section at the 202 PGA Professional Championshipat Twin Warriors & Santa Ana Pueblo Golf Clubs in New Mexico.
Josh Bevell, PGA, of Profectus Golf will be the first alternate for the tournament, Allie Knight, PGA, of Fairways and Greens, will be the second alternate, Bobby Cochran, PGA, of Colonial Country Club, is the third alternate, and Braxton Hunter, PGA will be the fourth alternate.
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