(Southport, NC) – After a grueling 54-hole event in hot and humid conditions, Morgan Deneen, PGA, Assistant Professional at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, took home a well-deserved victory at the 2021 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship.
On the first morning of competition, the 120 golfers in the field were greeted by a deluge of rain, and tee times throughout the day were delayed by two hours to let the course at the Reserve Club at St. James drain some of the water.
Once play was underway, Daniel Island Club Head Professional Greg Beavan, PGA carded the best round of the tournament, shooting an 8-under-par, 64 to tie the course record and take a two shot lead going into the second day of competition.
Golfers were greeted to a similar sight on day two, with a massive morning storm once again delaying tee times throughout the day. While the weather looked identical to day one, the leaderboard was constantly shaken up, as golfers came and went at the top of the standings.
Preston Cole, PGA, an Assistant Professional at Quail Hollow Golf Club, put together his second solid round in a row, shooting a 3-under-par, 69 to take the lead at 8-under-par going into the final day of competition.
Behind him, however, Deneen and Charles Chapman, PGA, the General Manager at Olde Sycamore Golf Club, remained within striking distance, sitting two shots back at six-under-par, while four more golfers sat one stroke behind them at five-under-par.
Thankfully, the final round of the Championship was the first sunny morning of the tournament. With an on-time starting wave, the forty-five Carolinas PGA Professionals who survived the cut teed off with hopes of securing one of the ten qualifying spots for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX.
Deneen started the final round tied for second, but he took the lead early with three birdies on the front nine. Deneen had Greg Brastow, member of Dunes Golf & Beach Club, on the bag this week at the Championship.
“The big thing was my caddy today, he kinda settled me down and I made a lot of pars from there.”
Deneen recaps, “He chose a couple really good clubs and I turned it on on the back side there on 10 and 11 with a birdie and an eagle so that kind of set the tone.” Deneen kept his steady lead with consecutive scores of par until the Par-5 No. 17 where he hit his approach within a foot of the cup.
“One hundred and twenty-two out, he took the wedge out of my hand and put a different one in. I put it to four inches out for tap in birdie so that was all due to him, and I was really glad he was on the bag.”
Deneen finished the day at 5-under-par to win the tournament with an overall score of 11-under-par, 205. He will have the option to play in either the Wyndham Championship later in August or in the 2022 RBC Heritage next April. He will also compete in Austin next April at the 2022 PGA Professional Championship.
There was a four-way tie for second place between Old Town Club Assistant Professional and 2020 CPGA Professional Championship winner Tommy Gibson, PGA, Bentwinds Country Club Head Professional Kyle Akins, PGA, Wexford Golf Club Director of Golf Scott Hunter, PGA, and Cole at 8-under-par, 208.
Aaron Black, PGA also punched his ticket to the 2022 PGA Professional Championship by finishing in sixth place at 5-under-par, 211.
The remaining four spots for the 2022 Professional Championship went to Matt Bova, PGA, Head Professional at Country Club of Charleston, Eric Williamson, PGA, Head Professional at Charlotte Country Club, Cory Schneider, PGA, Teaching Professional at the Point Golf Club, and Beavan, who all finished at 4-under-par, 212.
Matt Vick, PGA of Sandhills Rentals will be the first alternate for the tournament, Steve Isley, PGA of Oak Island Golf Club will be the second alternate, Chapman will be the third alternate, Josh Webb, PGA of Sedgefield Country Club will be the fourth alternate, and Derek Watson, PGA of Carolina Golf Sales will be the fifth and final alternate for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship.
The 2021 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by Rolex points event. Additionally, PGA Professionals’ scores count toward the CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy.
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