DalCorobbo Wins Third Indiana PGA Championship

FISHERS, Ind. – Indianapolis’ John DalCorobbo fired a solid final round 71 to capture his third Indiana Section PGA Professional Championship at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club. DalCorobbo entered the final round with a narrow one-shot lead over Fort Wayne’s Quinn Griffing.

Griffing got off to a rough start, with three bogeys and a double bogey coming in his first five holes. DalCorobbo, on the other hand, began the day with four straight pars and a birdie on the par 4, 5th hole. DalCorobbo gained an almost immediate seven-shot lead over Griffing.

Meanwhile, Orleans’ Adam Marshall, who began the day two-shots behind DalCorobbo, got off to an identical start as DalCorobbo, and proved to his toughest competition.

Heading into the par 5, 9th hole, DalCorobbo sat comfortably at five-under par for the tournament. DalCorobbo three-putted from twenty feet to bogey the hole, and fall back to four-under par. Marshall sank his ten-footer for birdie to go to three-under par, and only one-shot out of the lead.

With this two-shot swing, the momentum was in Marshall’s favor heading into the back nine.

On the par 4, 10th, DalCorobbo missed another short putt for par and fell back to four-under, now tied with Marshall with eight holes to play.

“I felt really good through nine holes,” said DalCorobbo, the Head Professional at Prairie View Golf Club. “But after I missed a short putt on 9 and 10 I admit I was a bit nervous,” he added.

On the par 5, 11th hole, there was another two-shot swing, but this time in DalCorobbo’s favor. After DalCorobbo sank a twenty-foot birdie putt, Marshall missed his short par attempt, falling to three-under par, while DalCorobbo moved up to five-under.

Both players went on to par holes 12 and 13, birdie 14, and par 15 and 16.

On the par 3, 17th hole, DalCorobbo missed his tee shot left of the green, and with one hard bounce he landed in the lateral water hazard. Marshall hit his iron shot to the center of the green, with a good look at birdie.

“I was aiming to the right/middle of the green and my miss is typically to the left right now,” said DalCorobbo about his miscalculated tee shot. “I got a good break after two drops rolled back into the hazard, and I was able to place my ball, which gave me a good lie,” he added.

DalCorobbo had an outstanding up-and-down for bogey on 17, which was enough to keep his lead.

He went on to par the par 4, 18th, to Marshall’s bogey, giving him a two-shot victory. DalCorobbo finished at five-under par, 211 for the tournament.

This win marks DalCorobbo’s third at this event, with previous wins coming in ’07 and ’11.

“It feels tremendous to win three times,” said DalCorobbo. “After all the anguish and agony that goes into a final round, I feel great to come out on top,” he added.

DalCorobbo claimed one of the six qualifying spots to participate in the 2013 Professional National Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, which will be held June 23-26.

“Qualifying for this tournament gives me added motivation to work hard over the winter,” said DalCorobbo. “I would love to finish in the top 20 at Nationals and get a chance to compete in the 2013 PGA Championship,” he added.

Even though Marshall did not come out on top in this event, his runner-up finish also qualified him for the National Championship next June.

“This was my first time playing in this event and it feels awesome to qualify for Nationals,” said Marshall. “I knew John would be tough to catch, but overall I was pretty pleased,” he added.

Along with DalCorobbo and Marshall, Chad Ayres, Fred Mattingly, Brian Brodell, and David Von Hoffman also qualified for the National Championship.

Jim Ousley claimed the first alternate spot, Mike O’Toole, the second, and Quinn Griffing, the third.

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