PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Brian Gaffney, PGA Professional at Rumson Country Club in Rumson, N.J., captured his first-ever New Jersey PGA Professional Championship by shooting a 5-under-par 211 to claim victory in the 54-hole event that took place September 11-13, 2012, at Arcola Country Club, in Paramus, N.J. Brett Jones, PGA Professional at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., was runner-up, finishing at 3-under-par 213.
After capturing the New Jersey PGA Section's (NJPGA) most prestigious Major Championship, Gaffney will lead 12 New Jersey Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 46th PGA Professional National Championship, June 23-26, 2013, at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.
In addition to Gaffney and Jones, the following NJPGA Section PGA Professionals have qualified for the 46th PGA Professional National Championship:
Name - Club - Current Residence
Jim McGovern - White Beeches Golf & Country Club - Oradell
Samuel Kang - Farmstead Golf & Country Club - Rockaway
Craig Smith - Trump National Golf Club - Morristown
Louis Kubisa - Knob Hill Golf Club - East Windsor
Brent Studer - Manasquan River Golf Club - Manasquan
Matt McKeon - Plainfield Country Club - Manasquan
Paul Poandl - Bedens Brook Club - Frenchtown
Frank Esposito - Brooklake Country Club - Florham Park
Todd Rickenbach - Roxiticus Golf Club - West Caldwell
Mike Burke - Montammy Golf Club - Towaco
Returning for a third time to the Pacific Northwest, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA of America's 41 nationwide sections.
In 2013, the National Championship field will compete at Crosswater and Meadows Golf Courses in scenic Sunriver Resort, a complex that hosted the 2001 and 2007 PGA Professional National Championships. The National Championship will be contested on the par-72, 7,563-yard Crosswater Course, which opened in 1995, and the par-71, 7,001-yard Meadows Golf Course, which opened for play in 1969. The final two rounds will be conducted at Crosswater Course, ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses."
The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, will be broadcast (all four rounds) by GOLF CHANNEL. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.
The low 20 scorers in 2013 will earn berths into the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors include Titleist/FootJoy, Callaway Golf, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-Adidas, Golf Ashworth and the PGA TOUR. GOLF CHANNEL is the official media partner for the event. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.
For more information on the NJPGA, please visit www.newjersey.pga.com.
About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, The PGA brand represents the very best in golf. The New Jersey Section is one of 41 geographic sections throughout the country and has been in operation since 1925.
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