Into the Sunset
Berberian finishes T5 at PPC, qualifies for PGA Champ.
Rich Berberian Jr., PGA shot a four-round total score of one-under par 286 to finish tied for 5th at the 2017 PGA Professional Championship at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon on Wednesday. His top 20 finish secured him a spot at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August.
Berberian was lingering around the top of the leader board for much of the four-day competition. Through his first two rounds, getting a first look at both the Crosswater and Meadows courses, he fired an impressive 137. This was good enough to be tied for first at the 36-hole cut with Jamie Broce, PGA (Toledo, Ohio), and the rest of the pack following closely behind.
However, the third round in the PPC would prove to be much more of a challenge for the defending PGA Professional Champion.
Things got tough on Tuesday on the Crosswater course around the 7th hole. Berberian carded a bogey, then a quadruple bogey, and finally another bogey to drop way down the leaderboard. He would rebound slightly, but was unable to make it all the way back, finishing with a six-over par 78 for the day.
Smestad, Mahan Take Home Championship
Brett Smestad, PGA and Mike Mahan carded a six-under par score of 65 (gross) to take home the Pro + 1 Am Championship at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI on Monday. The duo finished first in the gross division and T2 in the net division.
Smestad and Mahan exemplified the format of Monday’s play. One best ball of two events often depends on deft in teamwork, and where one player had a mistake, the other was there to pick him up. They began on the sixth hole, where Smestad struggled and made bogey. Mahan was able to stay solid and pick him up with a par. They continued like this throughout their round, and were able to finish the day with a gross score of six-under par 65.