Four members of the Northern Ohio PGA Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America will have an opportunity to advance to a national tournament next week when the SENIOR PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP is conducted at Brookside Country Club in Canton.
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The top four finishers will advance to the 2020 Senior PGA Professional National Championship, which will be held on October 15-18 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The qualifying event will be conducted over 36 holes to a par of 71 at challenging Brookside, designed by the legendary Donald Ross in 1922.
With round of 69-67—136, Perrysburg’s Steve Stone was the medalist last year when the event was held at the Oberlin Golf Club. Stone, the Teaching Professional at Maumee Golf Center, edged five-time champion Gary Robison by one stroke.
Stone and Robison were joined by Lima’s Steve Mulcahy and two-time winner Tony Milam, of Chardon, as qualifiers. Robison, the Director of Golf at Brookside, will have a home-course advantage.
Brookside underwent a major renovation in 2003 in an attempt to recapture the original design by Ross. Reconstruction of bunkers, the rebuilding of the tees, a sculpting of fairways and reconfiguring the size and shape of the greens were including in the renovation.
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Tim is a Contributing Writer for the Northern Ohio PGA. Award-winning golf writer and sports reporter for the Plain Dealer, now retired. Contributor to the Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository, AP, other national publications.