The newly opened TPC Colorado played host to the 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Championship on September 10-12 with one of the largest field of players in recent memory. The meticulous course lived up to its TPC status by presenting the players with long yardages, tough bunkers and difficult greens. However, the Colorado PGA Professionals were up for the challenge and it was a nail biter to the end.
The Section Championship was a tournament of firsts beginning with the crowning of a first-time champion – PGA Assistant Professional Patrick Reidy, Inverness Golf Club.
“I win a Pro-Am here and there,” began Reidy, “but to win this championship is crazy. This is hands down, other than playing golf at CU, the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my golfing career. This is great and totally unexpected!”
As Reidy relayed his experiences over the three-day championship, he acknowledged that the stars were aligned with him. For a guy who normally hits the ball well, he admitted that he was also able to sink a few putts along the way. Having solid first and second rounds, Reidy’s game-plan going into day three was simply to have fun, stay focused and make one shot at a time.
In the final round, Reidy was paired with the current leader, which allowed him to focus on where he stood in relation to him. Scoring a triple-bogey 8 on the 13th hole could have been impactful but Reidy was able to recover and hit great shots the rest of the way in to post 1-under par on the last five holes with a birdie on 18. His final score of 1-over par 217 earned him the title of 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Champion.
When asked about what the turning point in his round might have been, Reidy replied, “I don’t think you can point to any single spot. I would say this result was more about desire. I had nothing to lose so I said let’s just do it.”
With tears in his eyes, Reidy thanked the Colorado Section for the experience while showing appreciation for previous champions like John Ogden, PGA, Head Professional at Cherry Hills, and Doug Rohrbaugh, PGA, Instructor at Ironbridge, for inspiring him.
The four-way tie for second place is an indicator that the Section Championship was a tight race to the end. Sherry Andonian, PGA, Instructor at Valley; Dustin Miller, PGA, Director of Instruction at Black Bear; Rohrbaugh; and Remington Post, PGA, Head Professional at Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks all finished at 3-over par. Rounding out the eight-qualifying spots for the 2019 PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., on April 28-May 1, 2019, were Eric Bradley, PGA, Head Professional at Black Bear; Caine Fitzgerald, PGA, Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills; and Alexandra Braga, PGA, Assistant Professional at Denver Country Club. All finished the tournament with a 221 five-over par.
As was indicated, this year’s Colorado PGA Professional Championship was a year of firsts that all deserve mention. This is the first time that…
- two Colorado Women PGA Professionals qualified for the National Championship – Andonian and Braga.
- a female Colorado PGA Professional led the field after Round 1 – Braga.
- the low round of the tournament was shot by a female Colorado PGA Professional – Andonian.
- OUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP was played at TPC Colorado.
- we had the golf course architect of the course we were playing, Art Schaupeter, caddy for his PGA Professional brother Eric Schaupeter, Instructor at Highlands Ranch Golf Course.
With all of the firsts comes a potential last as well. It is quite possible that this was the last Championship where our beloved Rules Official Rich Langston will officiate. The Colorado Section would like to thank him for his almost 30-years of service and wish him luck in all his future endeavors.
To see all the scores from the 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Championship, as well as the qualifiers and alternates, click here.