PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rod Perry of Port Orange, Fla., virtually locked up a PGA of America Professional Player of the Year Award by winning a PGA Tournament Series event at PGA Country Club.
Perry, PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla., added a 4-under-par 68 to his opening round of 66. His 134 total was four strokes better than John Seltzer of Ann Arbor, Mich., who turned in a 70-68—138. Over 36 holes, the 39-year-old Perry made 12 birdies and had one bogey each day.
It was Perry's fifth PGA Tournament Series title, and second this season, having won the opening event, Nov. 29.
Each Tournament Series victory is worth 50 points, and the season money list is worth an additional 200 points. With his latest win, Perry boosted his point total to 1,177.5 points in the PGA Professional Player of the Year standings. Bob Sowards, PGA teaching professional at the New Albany (Ohio) Country Club, and Danny Balin, PGA assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., are tied for second with 1,015 points.
Perry won his sixth North Florida PGA Player of the Year award earlier this year after claiming his third Section Championship.
PGA Tournament Series
PGA Country Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
6,850 yards, par 72
Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. $1,525 66-68—134
John Seltzer, Ann Arbor, Mich. $960 70-68—138
John Shaw, Jackpot, Nev. $697.50 70-69—139
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga. $697.50 68-71—139
Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio $435 75-69—144
Ryan Kalista, Old Greenwich, Conn. $435 71-73—144