The final round of the 2020 Colorado PGA Professional Championship was just as exciting as the first two as the top three places changed order once again. The field was reduced to 68 players at Valley Country Club and Geoff Keffer, PGA, Assistant Professional at Lakewood Country Club, clenched the title with an overall score of 13-under-par. His rounds were 67-67-69 making 17 birdies and one eagle during the three-day Championship. This is this second time Keffer has won this Championship; the first being in 2016.
All three days, Keffer said he didn’t start out as well as he wanted. “It took about nine or 10 holes to see a putt go in, and once you see one go in, then it makes it easier to make more.” Giving credit to his friend and caddie, Tim Fitzgerald, who has caddied for Keffer before and used to play against him in Junior Golf, Keffer says, “He actually keeps me level out here, which is good.”
PGA Life Member Dale Smigelsky came into today’s round in third place, six strokes behind Doug Rohrbaugh, PGA, Teaching Professional at The Snowmass Club. When asked about the beginning of the day, Smigelsky replied, “I got hot. I knocked it close in a lot of spots on the front 9. I was at 5-under at the turn and was within 1 of Geoff. But it switched when he made a great up-and-down on 10 for birdie and I three-putted for par. Geoff just has too much firepower. He ran away from us.” Smigelsky carded a 6-under-par round and placed second with a 10-under-par overall.
The top nine PGA Professionals qualify for the 54th PGA Professional Championship on April 25-28, 2021, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was close competition as there were several ties and a playoff was necessary. Filling out the top nine spots in order of qualification are: Micah Rudosky, Head Professional at Conquistador Golf Course; Doug Rohrbaugh, Teaching Professional at The Snowmass Club; Kyle Voska, Teaching Professional at The Links Golf Course; Alexandra Braga, Director of Instruction at Denver Country Club; Chris Hyten, Assistant Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club; Doug Wherry, Director of Instruction at Jake’s Academy; and Ryan Bakken, Assistant Professional at Thorncreek Golf Course.
The five alternates, in order of selection, go to PGA Professionals Barry Milstead, Director of Golf at Valley Country Club; Grant Jackson, Assistant Professional at Saddle Rock Golf Course; Caine Fitzgerald, Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course; Chris Johnson, General Manager at the Woodmoor Country Club; and Mark Matz, Head Professional at Beaver Creek Golf Club.
Keffer spoke well of Valley saying, “I just love this place. This is one of my favorite courses around. Barry is awesome. Everybody here is great.” In receiving his trophy, Keffer thanked Milstead, his caddie, Fitzgerald, and Smigelsky. “He played awesome. He was fun to watch. He made so many birdies,” he said in regards to Smigelsky.
Milstead commented at the end of the day, “It was a great tournament. The Section did a great job setting up the course and the players played well to make as many birdies as they made. It was great to have everybody out.”
The Colorado PGA thanks Valley Country Club for hosting the event and our sponsors, Club Car and OMEGA, for making this event possible.