Rod Curl Jr. Celebrates Birthday with Big Win

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – Rod Curl Jr. of Palm City celebrated his 38th birthday in a big way Wednesday, winning the 46th annual Global Golf Sales/Southeast Chapter Championship at the Lost Tree Club.

The head professional at Hammock Creek Golf Club and the first round co-leader Tuesday, Curl shot 66-70-136 to win by a stroke. It was his first chapter championship but his eighth Southeast Chapter title since 2006, his second this year.

Curl earned $2,200 from the total purse of $18,360, including $1,100 for the championship, $400 in the optional bonus pool and $780 for the only skin the first round, an eagle at the par-5 second hole when he sank a 101-yard sand wedge shot.

“I hit the ball well yesterday,” with five birdies and a bogey after the early-eagle. Curl said. “It was a little windier today and I had to scrape it around more. But I hit some good chip shots and got it in the hole,” adding three birdies and a bogey.

Tied for second at 137 were Ken Martin of Royal Palm Beach with five birdies and two bogeys for 69 the second round, and Jerry Tucker of West Palm Beach, who closed with 71 on four birdies and three bogeys after being three over par after five holes.

Earlier this year, Curl and Scott Turner won the Pro-Assistant title.
His other chapter victories were in 2006, Pro-Pro Classic; 2007, Assistants and Pro-Pro Classic; 2008, Head Professionals and Match Play; and 2009, Par 3 Pro-Pro.

The tournament conducted by the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section drew 72 entries. Next on the schedule: Sept. 13, Senior-Junior, Bear Lakes CC, and Sept. 17-19, Palm Beach Open, Banyan GC.


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