Thelen Claims Victory

Ten Advance to 2010 PGA Professional Championship

Randy Jones, PGA head professional at Alamo Golf Club.College Station’s Tim Thelen capped off his third South Texas PGA Professional Championship victory with an impressive final round of 66 at Fredericksburg’s Boot Ranch Golf Club. The 5-under-par effort in the third round of the 54-hole event turned a two-shot deficit into an easy five-shot win.

“The first two days, I played pretty solid golf,” Thelen said. “I really just didn’t miss a golf shot during the final round. I only missed two greens and my putts were just going in. In this section, with as many good players as the STPGA has, it’s just fun to go play and win. It’s tough, but it’s fun.”

Thelen, who earned $7,750 with the win, bested Austin’s David Von Hoffman and Houston’s Ryan Polzin by six strokes.

The top 10 finishers at Boot Ranch earned their way into the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship which will be played June 27-30 at the famed French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.

The PGA Professional National Championship, which features a field of 312 PGA Professionals representing golfers from Alaska to Alabama, will utilize the par-70, 7,000-yard Donald Ross Course, which opened in 1917, and the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, which celebrated its grand opening in the spring of 2009. The championship’s final two rounds will be conducted on the Pete Dye Course.

Wes Skaggs, head professional at Crystal Falls Golf Club.Thelen, who is a two-time winner of the PGA Professional National Championship (2000,2003) will be joined in French Lick by qualifiers David Von Hoffman of Austin, Ryan Polzin of Houston, Humble’s Carl Cooper, Wes Skaggs of Leander, and James Brown of Katy.

Also heading for the national championship event are Randy Jones of San Antonio, Horseshoe Bay’s Jesse Horner, Bryan’s Brad Lardon, Toby Grubert of Katy and Steve Bowman of Pearland, who won a playoff with The Woodlands John Phillips to take the last spot in the national tournament.

“I’m very excited and I’ve already begun my preparation,” said Skaggs, who is the head professional at Crystal Falls Golf Club in Leander and will be playing in the event for a third time. “Any time you can play in the PNC it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s a fantastic event start to finish, just like a Tour event. There are 312 players that qualify from different sections across the country. Everyone is a very good player. Just to make it is an honor.”

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